State seeking consecutive sentences for man facing 6 rape charges

Published 2:37 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2019

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

COLUMBIANA – The Shelby County District Attorney’s Office is seeking consecutive sentences if a 21-year-old Hoover man is convicted on any of the six rape charges pending against him, according to a notice prosecutors filed in Shelby County Circuit Court.


Samuel Woods III, who lists an address on Snapwood Road in Hoover, is set to stand trial on six rape charges beginning on Feb. 11 in front of Circuit Court Judge William Bostick. Woods appeared in court for a pre-trial docket call on Jan. 8, and appeared for a plea date on Jan. 29.

A Shelby County grand jury returned a two-count indictment against Woods in October 2017, upholding the two most recent rape charges brought against him by the Helena Police Department in April 2017.

The indictments list offense dates of March 23 and April 6, during which Woods was out of jail on bond for four felony second-degree rape charges brought against him in 2016. He was indicted on the four original rape charges – three of which were brought against him by the Alabaster Police Department and one of which was brought by the Helena Police Department – in December 2016.

In all six cases, Woods allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse with a female victim who was between the age of 12 and 16 while Woods was “16 years or older and at least two years older” than the victim, according to his indictments.

Woods has been in and out of the Shelby County jail several times over the past few years.

He was originally arrested on June 17, 2016, on a second-degree rape charge, and was released the following day after posting a $30,000 bond.

Woods was rearrested on another second-degree rape charge on June 25, 2016, and was released from jail on June 28, 2016, after posting a $30,000 bond. He was then arrested for a third time on June 28, 2016, and charged with two more second-degree rape charges.

He remained in jail from June 28, 2016, until his bonds were lowered through an agreement between his defense attorney and prosecutors, and he posted bond on Sept. 21, 2016.

Because Woods’ two most recent rape charges came while he was out of jail on bond, Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Lara Alvis revoked his bond and ordered he be held in the Shelby County Jail without bond, where he has remained since April 2017.

Prosecutors are claiming Woods was “aware of the victims’ ages,” and claim he has an “unnatural desire for underage children.”

Most suspects found who are found guilty of multiple crimes at once in Shelby County are sentenced concurrently, meaning they serve only whatever the longest sentence was. If Woods is found guilty of multiple rape charges and sentenced to consecutive prison terms, he could face between two and 20 years per count.