Rapist of Rodgers Forge woman draws life

June 30, 1994|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer

Horace L. Montague, a 22-year-old with a relatively minor record, drew two consecutive life sentences yesterday for the rape of a Rodgers Forge woman who was attacked outside her apartment last year.

Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney Robin S. Coffin said the repeated sexual attacks on the woman by two or more defendants on May 30, 1993, amounted to "a wilding" similar to the 1989 gang rape and near-fatal beating of a jogger in New York's Central Park.

Noting the victim's testimony that the men laughed, Ms. Coffin blasted "the savagery, meanness and baseness" of the crime that she said they treated "as if this were a game."

Montague of the 2300 block of McCulloh St. in Baltimore grinned broadly and laughed as he asked for compassion from Circuit Judge J. William Hinkel. Before he spoke, Assistant Public Defender Thomas C. "Tod" Nugent Jr. said Montague's statement would be constrained by his appeal of the conviction -- and by pending charges in four similar attacks in the city.

"Everything happens for a reason," Montague told the judge. "For what reason, not everybody knows. They may look at me and think I should be put behind bars for the rest of my life, but if it was somebody in their family, they would want that the judge would show some compassion. So I just basically ask that you have a little compassion on me."

Montague has a juvenile and adult record of car theft and drug possession, Mr. Nugent noted in asking for a 50-year sentence for his client, comparable to that of a co-defendant who pleaded guilty and testified against Montague.

But Judge Hinkel said there was no doubt as to Montague's guilt. The jury took 1 1/2 hours on June 9 to find Montague guilty of first-degree rape, two first-degree sex offenses, kidnapping and robbery. The judge imposed concurrent terms for the second sex offense and the other crimes.

At trial, the 30-year-old victim said she was removing a vacuum cleaner from her car trunk about 3 a.m. when she was thrown down, raped and sodomized by two men. She was taken to an automated teller machine on Roland Avenue in Roland Park, where she withdrew $60 and gave it to her attackers. She was attacked again before they released her at home.

The victim said she purposely didn't look at the men and was unable to identify any of them. She declined to comment yesterday.

Co-defendant Derrick Adams, 18, of the 2800 block of Oakford Road in Baltimore pleaded guilty and testified against Montague in return for a 50-year sentence and dismissal of multiple robbery charges.

Adams denied touching the woman -- a lie, according to both Montague's defense and prosecution. But it became obvious there was a third man when DNA tests on a condom did not match Adams or Montague.

County police confirmed yesterday that they have an arrest warrant for Adams' brother, Michael Adams, 22, whose last known address was at the Oakford Road home. The warrant charges him with rape and first-degree sex offenses in the attack.

Sharon A. H. May, chief of the city state's attorney's sex offense division, who attended yesterday's sentencing, said Montague will be prosecuted in the city cases.

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