Man sentenced for 2012 rape, stabbing in Smokies

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A 48-year-old man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a woman in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in June 2012.

William E. Seevers, who has a last known address of Atmore, Ala., was sentenced to serve 27 years in federal prison.

Seevers pleaded guilty in April 2014 to attempted murder and one count of aggravated sexual abuse by force.

Seevers attacked a woman on the Gatlinburg Trail, using a knife to stab the victim and rape her.

The victim was able to crawl to a road where she hailed people for assistance. She was flown by helicopter to a hospital for treatment of her injuries.

A DNA sample, taken from the victim, matched Seevers.

He was later found in an Alabama prison serving time for other crimes and was returned to Knoxville to stand trial.

The victim appeared in court, provided a victim impact statement to the court, and told the judge about the trauma she suffered and the impact the crime was still having on her life.

She also indicated that she was satisfied with the resulting sentence and that she was grateful that Seevers can never hurt anyone again.

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