Family Friend Convicted Of Raping 39-year-old Clarksville Woman

April 22, 1992|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,Staff writer

A Howard County jury convicted a Derwood man yesterday of raping a 39-year-old woman at gunpoint in her Clarksville home last October.

Robert Kenneth Focht, 29, was an eight-year employee of a masonry business, owned by the victim's husband. He worked part time doing yardwork for the victim's family and was considered a family friend.

Focht also was convicted of robbery with a deadly weapon, daytimehousebreaking and use of a handgun in a violent crime.

He faces amaximum sentence of life plus 50 years, said prosecutor Christine Gage. Sentencing is set for June 30.

During the trial, which began Monday, the victim testified that she was washing her kitchen floor last Oct. 7, when someone grabbed her from behind. She said the intruder told her to be quiet and she wouldn't get hurt.

"The instant I heard the voice, I knew who it was," the victim testified.

The woman testified that Focht placed a gun against her cheek and forced her into the guest bedroom, where he raped her.

Focht asked the woman if there was any money in the house and told her to stay in the bathroom for at least 45 minutes. He warned her not to call the police or tell anyone about the attack, she said.

The woman said she waited for a half-hour then drove to the Clarksville Fire Station, where fire employees called the police.

In testimony yesterday, Focht said that on the morning of Oct. 7, he picked up a hitchhiker about 5 a.m.on his way to work and smoked a marijuana cigarette with him. He said the next thing he remembered was playing pool in a county pool hallfive hours later.

Focht testified that he got into a fight with someone in the pool hall and shot him in the parking lot. He said he turned himself in to Howard County Police the next morning for the shooting.

Focht testified that the cigarette he smoked with the hitchhiker may have been a hallucinogen.

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