Man awaits sentencing for raping 2 women

January 20, 1994|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer

A Silver Spring computer analyst accepted a plea agreement yesterday that could mean he'll spend the rest of his life in prison for raping two western Howard County women in 1992.

William Kirk Evans, 52, agreed to plead guilty to two counts of first-degree rape in Howard Circuit Court. He withdrew an initial plea of not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.

Evans was accused of breaking into the homes of the two women, forcing them to leave with him at gunpoint and taking them to his Rhapsody Lane home where he forced them to have intercourse.

Evans kept the women bound and blindfolded during the rapes, which he videotaped. He later released the women, giving them money for cab fare and telephone calls.

In the agreement, prosecutors will seek life sentences for each rape count that Evans would be permitted to serve simultaneously. His defense attorney is expected to argue for a lenient sentence.

"Is this what you wish to do?" Assistant Public Defender Sam Truette asked Evans as they stood before Judge Raymond Kane Jr. "Yes," Evans replied.

Judge Kane will sentence Evans on March 15, after a report on the defendant is prepared by the county Department of Parole and Probation.

Senior Assistant State's Attorney Christine Gage told Judge Kane that the two victims reviewed the plea agreement and approved of its terms.

She said the agreement is tied to a plea arrangement that Evans is expected to accept next week in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Evans is expected to receive two simultaneous life terms in the rapes of a Burtonsville woman and a Silver Spring woman in their homes in 1990. Evans kept his head bowed as Ms. Gage read a report detailing each of the attacks.

Evans, a former systems analyst for the United Mine Workers Health and Retirement Fund in Washington, was arrested Dec. 21, 1992, at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, where he was seeking psychiatric treatment for compulsive obsessive behavior.

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