Glen Burnie man is given 30 years in rape of minister's pregnant wife

April 19, 1994|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Sun Staff Writer

A 19-year-old Glen Burnie man was sentenced to 30 years in prison yesterday for breaking into an apartment and raping a minister's pregnant wife who, as she was being raped, prayed that God would spare her 10-month-old daughter sleeping in the next room.

Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. sentenced Dennis Jeffrey Hood after a brief hearing.

Paul Hazelhurst, the assistant public defender, presented evidence that Hood's mother abandoned him when he was an infant and that his grandparents raised him. The evidence also showed that Hood, of the first block of Phyllis Drive, has abused drugs and alcohol since he was 11 and has been in and out group homes and state psychiatric hospitals.

Cynthia M. Ferris, the prosecutor, had asked that Hood be sentenced to life in prison. She argued that the crime's violence and Hood's failure to respond to treatment in the juvenile system showed he is a danger to society.

"He has the longest juvenile record I've ever seen," said Ms. Ferris.

She said the victim, who was three months pregnant at the time of the rape, was napping when Hood knocked on her door at 1:40 p.m. Feb. 16, 1993.

When she didn't respond immediately, he forced the door open,

confronted her, then went to the kitchen and found a meat cleaver. As he raped her, she prayed out loud for God to protect her child, Ms. Ferris said. After the rape, Hood took her purse and fled.

He was arrested four days later when an anonymous tipster identified him as the rapist. The victim picked him out of a photo lineup, Ms. Ferris said.

He pleaded guilty to first-degree rape last November, 10 months after his arrest and confession.

"He said [the victim] looked really good," Ms. Ferris said.

She said the 28-year-old victim and her husband have since volunteered to help the state's attorney's office counsel other rape victims. Six months after the incident, the victim gave birth to a healthy girl, Ms. Ferris said.

They named her Hope.

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