Burglar draws 30 years for attempted sexual assault Victim fought off 23-year-old's attack BALTIMORE COUNTY

June 23, 1993|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Staff Writer

A 23-year-old man, described as a habitual stalker and burglar, was sentenced yesterday in Baltimore County Circuit Court to 30 years in prison for breaking into a woman's apartment and attempting a sexual assault while she slept.

Vincent Davis Jr., apologized for his crime at yesterday's sentencing hearing and promised to reform himself in prison. After he was sentenced, his parents and his victim cried and hugged outside the courtroom.

Davis, of the 6600 block of Loch Raven Blvd., pleaded guilty April 15 to a first-degree attempted sexual offense. Assistant State's Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger argued that Davis, who had been charged with five break-ins, receive the maximum penalty -- life in prison.

Davis' victim, a 35-year-old woman, had just moved into the county to attend Towson State University when the assault occurred last Aug. 27.

She was awakened about 2 a.m. by Davis, who was sitting on her, pulling her hair, punching her and demanding she perform a sex act. He fled after she fought him off.

"Part of me feels like just standing up here and screaming and yelling," she told Judge J. Norris Byrnes yesterday.

She said she tried "so hard to have compassion" but the assault made her "angry and devastated."

She also said her 12-year-old daughter, who witnessed part of the attack, has since suffered nine stress-related asthma attacks. The girl had none before her mother was attacked.

Because of the attack, the woman quit school and moved out of her third-floor Linden Terrace apartment.

She said putting her life back together cost "every penny I ever saved to go to school."

Mr. Shellenberger dropped 31 other charges against Davis. Many of those charges were filed after police found stolen property, including 45 panties, 11 bras, and family photographs of young women in Davis' bedroom.

Davis' parents helped police recover the stolen property when fingerprints at the woman's apartment led police to their son.

The other break-ins occurred at apartments shared by women in their early 20s. None of the tenants was home at the time of the break-ins.

All the apartments are in an area between Towson State and the county library.

The break-ins occurred between July 10 and Aug. 26. One happened the night before the assault in an apartment just below the 35-year-old victim.

Defense attorney Stanley H. Needleman said Davis was intoxicated at the time of the Aug. 27 attack and has a fetish that made him keep "trophies."

In 1990, Davis received probation before judgment on a burglary charge. At that time he said he planned to attend college.

Judge Byrnes, who agreed to recommend that Davis be sent to the Patuxent Institution where inmates receive therapy, said Davis' "pattern of behavior . . . led inexorably to Aug. 27." Judge Byrnes based his recommendation on reports by psychiatrists for the state and the defense.

When given a chance to speak yesterday, Davis wept as he apologized to his victim and his parents.

"I know there's nothing I could do to go back into the past," he said. "The only thing I know is I can go into the future and change me. . . . I made a mistake and I'm very, very sorry for it."

After speaking, he sat down, his face in his hands.

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