Arundel man sentenced to 60 years for shooting woman, raping another

January 31, 2001|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

An Anne Arundel County man was sentenced yesterday to 60 years in prison for raping a woman and assaulting another, crimes that occurred within days of each other and were linked by investigators through ballistic evidence.

William Matthew Donley, 24, of the 4500 block of Owensville Sudley Road in Harwood entered Alford pleas to first-degree rape and first-degree assault before Judge Clayton Greene Jr. in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. He received life in prison for the rape, with all but 60 years suspended, and 25 years for the assault, to be served concurrently.

By entering Alford pleas, Donley did not admit guilt but conceded that the state's evidence was strong enough for a conviction.

The sentences were consistent with the recommendations of Assistant State's Attorney Kathleen Rogers, who said the victims are "very, very satisfied."

"I think it was a great plea," Rogers said. "I don't believe he'll ever get out."

Donley entered the first-degree assault plea in the Jan. 3, 2000, shooting of Marie Wallis, who was shot in the back of the head through her family-room window while she watched television.

Wallis, who lives in the 4600 block of Owensville Sudley Road, felt something hit her in the back of the head about 11:30 p.m., touched her head and saw blood on her hand, Rogers said. She yelled for her husband, who had gone to bed, and he called police, Rogers said. She was treated at Maryland Shock Trauma Center and released.

Testimony would have shown that Wallis was shot at close range and that the front-porch light bulb had been removed, Rogers said.

Donley entered the first-degree rape plea in the Jan. 11, 2000, attack on a medical worker who was choked until she was unconscious, then raped, after walking to her car in a primary care center's parking lot in Owensville.

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