Two men were given life sentences Tuesday for their roles in the May 2010 kidnapping and rape of a woman who was stranded in downtown Baltimore and seeking help, prosecutors said.
Jerome Lee, 29, and Jamal Richards, 28, were convicted by Baltimore juries in November.
On May 22, 2010, the men were driving when they saw a woman on North Eutaw Street seeking assistance and they offered to drive her home, according to a statement from the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office.
After getting into the vehicle, Lee got in the back seat with the victim and sexually assaulted her while Richards drove. They men stopped the car at a park and the attack continued. The woman escaped and attempted to flag down a passing van but was recaptured by Lee and Richards, the statement said.
The men then stole her ATM card and drove her to several gas stations where they withdrew cash from her account. Before leaving her on the street, prosecutors said, the victim was sexually assaulted again.
Richards was convicted of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sex offense, kidnapping, false imprisonment and robbery. Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Martin P. Welch sentenced him to life for the rape and gave additional sentences for the other convictions. Welch suspended all but 55 years of the sentences.
Lee was convicted of false imprisonment, kidnapping and theft and was sentenced by Welch to life in prison with all but 85 years suspended.
Assistant State's Attorney Jennifer McAllister prosecuted the case.
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