Annapolis man sentenced to 30 years for two rape attempts in July '98

November 03, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A paroled burglar whose two attempts to rape women at their businesses in July 1998 were foiled was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison.

Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Clayton Greene Jr. sentenced Timothy Vaughn, 33, to two consecutive life terms for the attacks, suspending all but 30 years.

"I don't think he should ever be free again," said Assistant State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess, who sought full life terms. "I'm sorry that he had a horrible childhood, but we have to protect people."

Assistant public defender Mary Jo Livingston said her client was scarred from childhood and needed psychological help.

The Annapolis man pleaded guilty in May to two counts of attempted first-degree rape. He attacked one woman at knifepoint at a Parole business, but an employee at another business heard her scream. Vaughn choked the victim until she passed out, and he then tried to take her to a back room. He fled when the other person saw him but left behind photo identifications, police said.

He went home, changed clothes and attacked a second woman at another business about a mile away, threatening her with the same box cutter he had used in the first attack. The assault ended when a co-worker realized that the woman was missing and went looking for her. Vaughn took money from the cash register and fled. Police arrested him an hour later when he emerged from woods near the business.

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