Oct 252016
 
Peter Gold tries to talk to a man now identified as 21-year-old Euric Cain on Friday, Nov. 20, moments before Cain shot Gold. (still image from surveillance video released by NOPD)

Peter Gold tries to talk to a man now identified as 21-year-old Euric Cain on Friday, Nov. 20, moments before Cain shot Gold. (still image from surveillance video released by NOPD)

Euric Cain (via NOPD)

Euric Cain (via NOPD)

The man charged with shooting a Tulane medical student who tried to stop him from dragging a woman off of Magazine Street pleaded guilty Monday to attempted murder and multiple rapes in what prosecutors are calling “one of the most horrific crime sprees in recent memory in this city.”

Euric Cain, 22, will be sentenced to more than 50 years in prison next week after pleading guilty to the Nov. 20 shooting of Peter Gold and a double rape of man and a woman he abducted from near Armstrong Park the following day, announced District Attorney Leon A. Cannizzaro Jr. Cain pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder, attempted first-degree rape, six counts of second-degree rape, three counts of second-degree kidnapping, three counts of armed robbery and battery of a correctional officer.

Read the statement from Cannizzaro below in full:

In one of the most horrific crime sprees in recent memory in this city, which is saying plenty, the District Attorney’s office convicted defendant Euric Cain of six counts of second-degree rape, three counts of second-degree kidnapping, three counts of armed robbery, two counts of carjacking, attempted first-degree rape, attempted first-degree murder, sexual battery, unauthorized use of an access card, and battery of a correctional officer.

Peter Gold (via Tulane University)

Peter Gold (via Tulane University)

In the early morning hours of November 20, 2015, the defendant kidnapped a young female victim for the purposes of sexually assaulting her in the Lower Garden District. Peter Gold, a Tulane Medical School Student, witnessed this crime and attempted to intervene. The defendant shot Gold in the stomach and attempted to shoot him several more times but his gun jammed. This crime shocked the conscience of the community as it was videotaped on security camera footage.

The defendant successfully fled from this crime scene. Approximately 24-hours later, a male and female victim called 911 reporting a carjacking, armed robbery, and sexual assault. The victims were attacked by the defendant as they were entering their vehicle on St. Phillip Street near Armstrong Park. The defendant drove the victims to an area near the 3400 block of Louisa Street. There the defendant raped both victims and made his escape in their vehicle.

Less than 60-hours later the defendant was arrested for the crimes in the lower Garden District. DNA later linked him to the rapes on Louisa Street. I want to both thank and congratulate Assistant District Attorney Kevin Guillory who worked tirelessly to prepare this case for trial. Additionally, numerous NOPD detectives worked this case extremely hard to solve it quickly and get a dangerous defendant off of the streets of this city.

The victims in this case were in agreement with this resolution not only as it related to the charges to which the defendant pled but also as to the sentences that he will receive. The defendant will receive the maximum allowable sentence under Louisiana law for the attempted murder of Dr. Gold. The defendant will be sentenced to 50-years on numerous crimes of violence as well as 45-years on multiple sex crimes. Additionally, the Court will sentence the defendant on Monday on the battery of a correctional officer. That sentence must be between one and five years and must be served consecutively with his other sentences.

In short, this defendant will not be eligible for release until at least 2061 when he is in his late 70’s. Euric Cain’s reign of terror on this community was quickly ended in no small part due to the hard work of dedicated prosecutors like Mr. Guillory and numerous law enforcement officers.

Cain’s formal sentencing is scheduled for Monday.

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