Two men have been sentenced to more than a decade each in prison fortheir role in the gang rape of a 22-year-old Pioneer City woman.
Robert Lee Galloway, 23, of the 1700 block Circle Road in Severn, wassentenced Friday to 15 years in prison, Assistant State's Attorney William C. Mulford II said. Donald Warren Johnson, 25, of the 1000 block of Cayer Drive in Glen Burnie, was sentenced to 12 years in prison, Mulford said.
In September, a county Circuit Court jury convicted both men of first-degree rape and first-degree sexual offenses. The jury rejected the men's claims that the woman had agreed to "freak for the drugs" -- exchange sex for crack cocaine.
During the trial, lawyers for both sides described the woman as a crack addict who had been smoking the drug for hours before the 4 a.m. incident in a vacant apartment inMeade Village.
Ignoring a court-appointed lawyer's advice, a third man took the stand during the trial to testify the woman consented to sex-for-drugs with him and the two defendants. William H. Jackson,27, was arrested when he left the courtroom.
After the arrest, police found a note in Jackson's pocket. Mulford said the note, which instructed Jackson on what to say on the stand, was dictated by Galloway to his girlfriend, who delivered it to the witness.
Lawyers for Johnson asked for a new trial before sentencing Friday, arguing that Mulford should not have been allowed to tell the jury of the note. Judge Martin A. Wolff rejected that request.
Jackson is scheduled to be tried Jan. 23 for first-degree rape.
During the Johnson and Galloway trial, Jackson and the two defendants used vulgar colloquialisms in describing their various sex acts with the woman. Mulford, the prosecutor, described the men as "gross, foul and disgusting."