A robber who attacked couples at New Jersey motels and forced them to have sex at gunpoint before robbing them, has bagged a 148 years in state prison sentence.
The 40-year-old robber, Rasheed Powell, who was found guilty of 60 counts charge bordering on aggravated sexual assault and robbery charges, unleashed the assault during a two-month period in 2012 at motels in Linden and Elizabeth.
The two months in 2012 at Linden and Elizabeth motels involved Powell stalking couples, forcing his way into their rooms and demanding they perform sexual acts on each other. Then the perv locked the men up in the bathroom before he sexually assaulted the women himself, according to the report.
A judge told Rasheed Powell “your reign of terror ends here” when he imposed the sentence this week.
Powell, 43, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, a father of two children who prosecutors said has been involved in crime since age 14 and has spent about 14 years of his adult life in prison for violent crime, meanwhile maintained his innocence.
But Union County Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch told Powell his reign of terror ends, adding his DNA was extracted from a rape kit, five of the eight victims identified him, his former girlfriend turned over the mask and black jacket he wore during the crimes and police found the handgun.
“In due time proof will come out. I’m innocent,” said Powell, who argued he didn’t get a fair trial.
It was gathered that authorities used DNA to identify Powell as a suspect in the case. One of his victims was present, during the nearly two-hour proceeding in a crowded courtroom, the outlet reported.
“I hope you don’t have the option to see daylight again,” she said, adding she hopes his sentence would make him cry as much as his victims have.
The woman, one of eight victims, four women and four men, called Rasheed Powell a “monster” as she spoke in the crowded courtroom where Powell was sentenced to 148 years in state prison during the nearly two-hour proceeding.