Man Sentenced To 34 Years For Kidnappings, Rape

April 08, 1992|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Staff writer

A 22-year-old Glen Burnie man was sentenced yesterday to 34 years inprison for kidnapping two women -- and then raping one and sexually assaulting the other -- in separate incidents last summer.

Lathaniel Spencer, of the 300 block of Addison Drive, had faced up to 100 years in prison for the two attacks. In both cases, he abducted the women, commandeered their cars and drove to a secluded dirt driveway offSolley Road, where he raped or sexually assaulted them.

Spencer received consecutive 17-year sentences for the attacks.

"There isn't much to commend this guy," State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee said after Spencer was sentenced yesterday in county Circuit Court. "Just take what you want, when you want it. Just another example of drugs in our society."

During a psychiatric evaluation, Spencer said he was "very high" on alcohol, marijuana, crack cocaine and heroin during the attacks. He said he set out to rob the women fordrug money and had no explanation for the sexual assaults.

In thefirst incident, a 19-year-old woman was sitting in her car outside a7-Eleven store at Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard and Marley Neck Roadat about 3 a.m. June 16, preparing to use a pay phone, when Spencer approached her. He punched her in the face and drove her car to the driveway off Solley Road, where he raped her.

Spencer then drove toFort Armistead Park in Baltimore, where he talked to her before driving her back to Solley Road and raping her again.

Spencer drove toFreetown Elementary, where he left the car and fled.

In the second case, a 29-year-old Glen Burnie woman was sitting in a parked car July 10 on Benesch Circle in Glen Burnie, talking to a friend, when Spencer approached, holding what appeared to be a shotgun wrapped in a towel.

Spencer ordered the woman's friend out of the car. He entered the car on the driver's side and drove the woman to Solley Road. The woman told police she was raped there, then driven to Route 648 near the Valley Brook apartments, where she was released.

In that case, Spencer was charged with rape but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree sexual assault and kidnapping during a Circuit Court hearing in January.

During yesterday's sentencing hearing, Gary Christopher, an assistant public defender, asked a judge to sentence Spencer to 20 years in prison. Christopher said his client's previous brushes with the law involved theft, loitering and battery. He also said that Spencer was raised as one of 10 people living in a trailer next to a garbage dump and often reeked too much to go to school.

Spencer told Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. he was sorry for "what happened."

The victims declined to comment after the hearing, but both wrote letters to the judge calling for a harsh sentence for Spencer.

The 19-year-old wrote: "I hope the court will see fit to keep this sick person out of circulation for a long, long time so that another woman will not have to go through the same mental and physical pain that I have endured since this vicious attack. This man is an animal, and animals that are dangerous belong where they cannot hurt people."

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