Segwayne Kirk Anthony Goldson, 29, of Jamaica, was tried and convicted by a Bay County jury on Oct. 11 of sexual battery using physical force likely to cause serious personal injury for his attack on a female over age 18 on Panama City Beach this summer.
Assistant State Attorneys Barbara Beasley and Christine Smallwood showed that Goldson attacked the victim behind an abandoned Public store on Middle Beach Road and dragged her into the woods where he brutally raped and choked her.
During the rape, Goldson choked the victim to unconsciousness, officials say. When she woke, she ran half-clothed into a residential area and flagged down a Good Samaritan who was driving by. During the trial, Assistant State Attorney Barbara Beasley presented DNA evidence that was collected at the hospital and examined by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that aided in establishing Goldson’s guilt. The case was investigated by Steve Rhinehart of the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.
Circuit Judge Michael C. Overstreet scheduled a sentencing hearing for Nov. 10. Goldson could face life in prison with a 50-year minimum mandatory sentence. He also has pending charges in Walton County for another sexual battery, officials say.