Man sentenced to 40 years for raping ex-girlfriend

July 25, 1992|By Meredith Schlow | Meredith Schlow,Staff Writer

A man who kidnapped and raped his former girlfriend was sentenced to 40 years in jail after pleading guilty this week in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

Robert Manley Terry, 42, of the first block of Langley Road in Essex, kidnapped the 52-year-old woman at knifepoint from in front of her daughter's house in Essex on Oct. 16, 1991.

According to a statement of facts read in court, Terry forced the victim into her car and drove from Baltimore to Harford County.

While in the car, he struck her repeatedly in the head and forced her to perform oral sex.

He eventually drove into Susquehanna State Park, the statement said, where he dragged her from the car, raped and sodomized her while threatening her with the knife.

Meanwhile, the woman's daughter had called 911, alerting police who began searching for the victim.

Shortly after leaving the park, the car was spotted by Natural Resources Police Lt. David Cooper, who tried to stop it.

The car sped away, eventually hitting an embankment, and Terry tried to flee on foot.

He was caught by Lieutenant Cooper, and both he and the victim were taken to Harford Memorial Hospital.

Terry was treated for minor injuries resulting from the accident and arrested, according to police reports.

The victim was treated and released.

Judge Thomas J. Bollinger imposed a 40-year sentence for first-degree rape and a 30-year concurrent sentence for kidnapping, which Assistant State's Attorney Jason G. League negotiated in exchange for the guilty plea.

The state agreed to drop charges of sodomy and assault.

Mr. League said he was satisfied with the sentence, "and the victim is happy as well. She preapproved it and it saved her the trouble of having to testify and allowed her to put this behind her."

Terry had previously been convicted of inhaling harmful substances, and various assaults and thefts, Mr. League said.

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