Jury convicts man of rape from 1990

Gwynn Oak resident could be sentenced to up to life in prison

July 11, 2008|By Nicole Fuller | Nicole Fuller,Sun reporter

A convicted rapist from Baltimore County was convicted yesterday of raping a 26-year-old woman who was accosted outside a Linthicum nightclub almost two decades ago.

Wendell Keys, 40, of Gwynn Oak was convicted of first- and second-degree rape and false imprisonment in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court for the 1990 rape. The jury acquitted Keys on kidnapping and conspiracy charges. He could be sentenced to up to life in prison.

Keys was linked to the crime in 2005 through the state's DNA database and was indicted last year.

In 1990, he was convicted of second-degree rape in Baltimore County Circuit Court for an attack that occurred in 1989, according to court records.

In the Anne Arundel case, Assistant State's Attorney Pamela Alban said the woman was at a nightclub with a female friend the night of July 31, 1990, when she was kidnapped outside by a group of men. The woman was raped in the back seat of a car by two men. They threatened to kill the woman but eventually released her, Alban said.

Investigators did not find DNA from the other attacker.

The woman, who is now 44, testified that she tried to fight off her attackers and that she has struggled to get over the crime. The Sun does not name victims of rape.

Defense attorney Warren A. Brown questioned the woman's truthfulness, pointing to what he said were inconsistencies between what she told police the night of the rape and what she said in court.

Alban said the woman had tried to forget what was "the worst night of her life."

nicole.fuller@baltsun.com

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