Smith Gets 2 Life Terms For Raping Woman And Her Daughter

Attacker Now Serving 25-year Sentence For Previous Rape

December 10, 1991|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

A man convicted of raping a woman in her Cape St. Claire home -- andthen returning to the house five days later to rape her teen-age daughter -- was sentenced yesterday to two life terms in prison.

Michael Richard Smith, 31, also was sentenced to a total of 35 years for breaking the jaw of a woman he had met near a Pasadena bar and for assaulting a Pasadena woman after forcing his way into her home.

All of the attacks occurred within three weeks in September and October 1990.

In a letter contained in court files, the woman who suffered the broken jaw wrote: "The man is a sick, scared, brutal . . . 'perverted' gentleman and he had no right to hurt my ego and my body the way he did."

The daughter who was raped wrote that the incident has affected her relationship with her mother.

"My mother and I used to be very close and we no longer are," she wrote. "I tried totalk to her because I knew exactly what she was feeling, but she wouldn't open up to me."

The mother wrote that her family moved out of the Cape St. Claire house after the rapes. She added, "I have suffered in my own silent way for myself but the deepest hurt is for my daughter."

Smith, who has used the alias Michael Shockley, is serving a 25-year sentence with no chance for parole for the July 1990 rapeof a Salisbury motel clerk. Smith received the no-parole sentence inJuly because he had two prior convictions for violent crimes, including a 1979 sexual offense in Florida. Smith served 11 years in a Florida prison before being released in April 1990.

Smith had pleaded guilty in September to two counts of first-degree rape in connection with the attacks in the Cape St. Claire home. Smith broke into the house in the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 15, 1990, and raped a woman who had been asleep in her bedroom, Assistant State's Attorney Eugene M. Whissel II said. Five days later, Smith broke into the house, this timeraping the woman's 17-year-old daughter.

The next night, Smith offered a ride to a 27-year-old woman who was leaving the Wheel Inn in Pasadena, the prosecutor said. Court records show the woman's broken jaw was wired shut for eight weeks. Smith was sentenced to 20 years, to be served concurrently with the life sentences, in connection withthat attack.

Smith was sentenced to 15 years, also to be served concurrently, for assault with intent to rape in an Oct. 5, 1990, incident. On that day, Smith followed a 35-year-old Pasadena woman home and told her sparks were flying out of her car's exhaust pipe before forcing his way into her house and attempting to rape her. The woman avoided being raped by fending off her attacker with a pair of scissors, but she was severely beaten.

Smith was arrested that night after police spotted him in a truck matching the description given by hisvictim. He subsequently confessed to the other attacks, court records show. Whissel said Smith did not use a weapon in any of his attacks.

Smith had been living with relatives in the 1100 block of Riverview Drive, Cape St. Claire, when the attacks occurred. Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. agreed to recommend that Smith serve his sentence at the Patuxent Institution.

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