Man convicted in abduction of Goucher student last year Young woman's ordeal went from Towson to Ga.

July 31, 1991|By Kelly Gilbert | Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff

A story in some editions of yesterday's Evening Sun incorrectly reported that Keith W. McCormick Jr. had been convicted of interstate transportation of a firearm and making a false statement to obtain a firearm. McCormick is awaiting trial on those charges. The Evening Sun regrets the error.

A federal jury in Baltimore has convicted Keith W. McCormick Jr. of kidnapping and four other felonies connected to the abduction and rape of a Goucher College student last July.

The jury deliberated only 2 1/2 hours in U.S. District Court yesterday before convicting McCormick, 34, of Edgewood, of interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, use of a dangerous weapon in a violent crime, interstate transportation of a firearm and making a false statement to obtain a firearm, in addition to the kidnapping charge.


Judge William N. Nickerson set sentencing for Nov. 15.

The victim testified last week how McCormick abducted her at gunpoint in Towson, threatened her and forced her twice to have sexual relations with him -- once after he choked her into unconsciousness -- while she drove him to Augusta, Ga., where he attempted to see his estranged wife.

The victim said yesterday that she was "pleased with the verdict, but I really don't want to talk about it anymore."

The victim and her mother hugged Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter M. Semel after court adjourned, and thanked him for what a colleague said was an outstanding job of prosecuting the case ** with co-prosecutor Christopher K. Mead.

Throughout his questioning of the victim on the witness stand, Semel stopped periodically to offer her drinks of water and asked if she was OK as he coaxed the emotional testimony from her that seemed to assure McCormick's conviction on the kidnapping and interstate travel counts.

McCormick did not testify.

Assistant Federal Public Defender Joseph A. Balter, who represented the defendant, maintained that the young woman had willingly accompanied the defendant on the trip to Georgia.

LTC The false-statement charge stemmed from McCormick's purchase of a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle from the Bel Air Gun Exchange in Harford County.

McCormick, who was awaiting sentencing at the time of the purchase for the rape of a Columbia woman, lied to the gun dealer and denied having a criminal conviction.

Two days later, McCormick allegedly forced a Harford County woman at knifepoint to engage in several sexual acts with him, then kidnapped the Goucher coed.

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