Editor’s Note: The name of the woman, who testified in court, has been changed, because the Grove Sun does not routinely name victims of rape.
As she faced her attacker on Tuesday, July 24 in Delaware County District Court, Jane stood with determination.
Flanked by Tiger Tracy, the victim’s advocate with the Community Crisis Center, and Detective Tracy Shaw, with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Jane read aloud a statement detailing the impact of Shannon Lee Landrum's attack.
The incident, which took place on June 4 in rural Delaware County, left Jane recovering from a kidnapping, rape and multiple knife wounds to her face and torso.
Testifying in court
Jane provided her statement just prior to Landrum entering his guilty plea in front of Delaware County Special Judge Alicia Littlefield, on five felony counts, which include rape by instrumentation, kidnapping and assault and battery.
"I am stuck with images in my head," Jane read during Landrum's hearing. "I cannot eat. I cannot sleep.
"I have to [keep] myself busy because the second I stop, I am flooded with so many emotions that I have no control."
Jane said she was in "a great place" in her life, having recovered from the impact of childhood sexual abuse and two tours with the U.S. Army in Iraq.
"It was robbed from me in a blink of an eye," Jane said. "There isn't a day that goes by, that I don't wish [Landrum] had killed me. I have spent my entire adult life putting myself back together over and over again.
"I am forever locked away in a prison I cannot seem to escape. If there is a hell, this has to be it."
Jane went on to detail how her family and friends, as well as her employer, also suffer because of the incident.
"I lash out, shut everyone out so in return, everyone that loves me suffers alongside of me," Jane said. "I have no clue what my future holds for me. Being here [in court] hurts people. Not being here hurts people. I'm tired of hurting people because I hurt. "
Jane said no amount of time Landrum serves will "make up" for her suffering.
"No aspect of my life goes unaffected," Jane said, saying Landrum will be able to have everything provided for him in jail.
"He wins all the way around," Jane said.
Facing her attacker
Tracy said Jane is one of the first survivors to stand before their attacker and give a statement in her seven years working as a victim's advocate.
Tracy said she gives every survivor the opportunity to provide a statement in open court. Most choose not to face their attacker in this way.
"It's very hard to face the man who brutally raped you or beat you," Tracy said. "I think for [Jane] it brings closure, and is good therapy for her."
Tracy said providing a statement can be crucial, because it helps the survivor "take back what was stolen from her" including dignity and self respect."
"She looked him in the eye and took back what he took from her," Tracy said. "She did amazing.
"A lot of people can't face their attackers. I knew in my heat she was strong enough to do this."
Ultimately, Jane said she provided her statement not only to bring peace to her life, but to also speak for every rape, kidnapping and domestic abuse survivor who cannot face their attacker."
"People need to know this type of crime impacts more people's lives than you can imagine," Jane said after the hearing. "It's not just the victim. Family suffer, friends suffer. Something has to change."
Jane said she does not blame Landrum's family, which includes friends of the family.
She said the support of her friends and family, which includes her husband and co-workers, helped her deliver her statement.
"My wife is a very strong person," Jane's husband said after the hearing. "I've always known she was a strong individual. She doesn't think so, but I know what she goest through every day.
"She showed today just how much strength she has. To stand up there, eight feet away from the person who violated her, and shared her feelings and kept her composure. She did really well."
Landrum stood still, next to his defense attorney, during Jane's statement.
He could been seen smirking at times, as Jane's voice cracked with emotions.
"I hope you are happy with yourself," Jane said, looking Landrum in the face as she ended her statement. "You are a disgusting human being. One day you will have to answer. You will have to pay for your crimes."
In the end Landrum pled guilty in front Littlefield to all five felony counts connected with Jane's case. He waived all rights to a preliminary hearing and a hearing in front of either a judge or jury.
Those charges include: two counts of first degree rape by instrumentation, first degree rape, aggravated assault and battery, and kidnapping. All after a former felony conviction.
The plea deal reached with prosecutors gives Landrum 30 years in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. He is slated to serve 20 in custody, and 10 on probation.
He also received a $1,000 fine and $100 for the victims' fund, as well as court costs, as well as one year in the county jail, as fines and court costs, in connection with one count of domestic abuse - assault and battery.
Once he gets out, Landrum will be on supervision by the Department of Corrections, and required to register as a sex offender. He will also be required to obtain sex offender treatment and have no contact with Jane or her family.