Teen-ager convicted in rape receives 50-year sentence

August 19, 1994|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,Sun Staff Writer

An 18-year-old prosecution witness received a 50-year prison term yesterday for participating in the robbery and sexual assault of a Rodgers Forge woman last year.

Derrick Adams of the 2800 block of Oakford Road told Baltimore County Circuit Judge Christian M. Kahl that he had been reading the Bible during his 13 months in jail and hoped "to be a better young man."

Defense attorney Michael L. Kaplan had asked for a 15-year term rather than the 50-year maximum sentence that Assistant State's Attorney Robin S. Coffin sought under a plea bargain. Adams testified against another defendant who received two life sentences.

But the judge echoed the prosecutor's view, saying "this offense was the most disturbing I have ever had where somebody survived. What this woman went through is unthinkable to the most of the rest of us."

The victim, 30, testified that she was getting a vacuum cleaner from her car trunk about 3 a.m. on May 30, 1993, when she was suddenly thrown down on the parking lot and raped and sodomized by two men. She was taken to an automated teller machine in Roland Park, where she was forced to withdraw $60, then was attacked again before her assailants -- laughing -- left her in her car at home, she said.

Adams testified in June against Horace L. Montague, who was convicted by a jury and sentenced later that month to two consecutive life terms. Montague, 22, of the 2300 block of McCulloh St. also is accused of four rapes in the city and is awaiting trial on those cases.

Adams pleaded guilty in February to a first-degree sex offense, punishable by up to life in prison.

The 50-year sentence considered Adams' age and cooperation, Ms. Coffin said. Prosecutors also agreed to drop six robbery charges against him in Baltimore County and the city.

Noting that the victim expressed some sympathy for her attackers in the pre-sentence report, the prosecutor called her "a saint."

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