Man gets 1 year in rape of woman accepting ride

February 02, 1993|By Staff Report

A Carroll County man pleaded guilty yesterday to second-degree rape and was jailed for a year for his role in the sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman.

Donald Eugene Lyles Jr., 29, was sentenced by Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. to a year in the Carroll County Detention Center. Judge Burns said he will allow Lyles to enter a work-release program.

Assistant State's Attorney Kathi Hill told the court that Lyles and a friend, Joseph Spencer of Mount Airy, met the woman at a Frederick gas station Aug. 21.

Lyles approached the woman, asked her what she was doing and learned that she was looking for a ride to visit her grandmother in the Washington suburbs, Ms. Hill said.

Lyles told her that he and Mr. Spencer would take her there. The three, deciding that they wanted to smoke crack, drove to a Frederick housing project and purchased four rocks of crack before driving to Mr. Spencer's home on North Main Street in Mount Airy, Ms. Hill said.

Lyles made advances toward the woman, Ms. Hill said. Although the woman indicated she was not interested, she was sexually assaulted by both men, Ms. Hill said.

Lyles pleaded guilty -- and agreed to testify in Mr. Spencer's trial -- in exchange for the work-release sentence and the dropping of several other charges, including first-degree rape.

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