Man gets life term for sexual assault

Convicted in attack on his estranged wife

July 21, 1999|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore man was sentenced yesterday to life plus 10 years for sexually assaulting his estranged wife in her Pasadena home in an attack that Anne Arundel County prosecutors called "every woman's worst nightmare."

The defendant, a 54-year-old Annapolis businessman, said nothing to Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Ronald A. Silkworth to apologize or seek leniency. He had fired at least two attorneys before trial and was representing himself.

The Sun is not naming him to keep private the identity of his victim, to whom he was married for a decade.

The attack took place June 11, 1997. He broke into her home, despite a court order she secured against him the previous month by accusing him of physically and sexually abusing her.

He hid in the shower and waited for her to arrive. When she was getting ready for bed and went into the bathroom, he leaped out with a razor knife in one hand and a roll of duct tape in the other, according to testimony at his trial this year.

He bound her and sexually assaulted her. He also told her he had arranged for her to go to The Block in Baltimore, where another man would sexually assault her while he videotaped it. However, she talked him out of it, according to testimony.

In the nonjury trial, Silkworth convicted him March 4 of 12 charges, including first-, second- and third-degree sex offenses, and burglary.

Silkworth sentenced him to life for the first-degree sexual assault, plus 10 years for the third-degree sex offense. He also sentenced him to 40 years on related charges, to be served at the same time as the rest of the sentence.

Assistant State's Attorney Laura S. Kiessling, who had sought a sentence of life plus 33 years, said she was "very pleased with this sentence; he deserved every year."

The defendant had a long criminal history in Maryland and elsewhere, going back to 1966. It included an assault on a police officer, unlicensed possession of a pistol and possession of stolen property.

Kiessling said he also was convicted of assault with intent to murder and weapons violations, for which he was sentenced to 12 years, in a case stemming from a domestic dispute in LaPlata.

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