Inmate gets more time for ’04 rape

Justice may have been delayed, but it ar­rived non­ethe­less for con­victed armed rob­ber and rap­ist Lamar Rayson. On Fri­day, Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Alice Dubow sen­tenced Rayson to serve 37-1/2 to 75 years in state pris­on for the bru­tal 2004 rape of a Wissi­nom­ing wo­man in her home in front of her boy­friend and two chil­dren. Dubow is­sued the state sen­tence con­sec­ut­ively to a 32-year fed­er­al pris­on term that Rayson has been serving since 2008 for a series of rob­ber­ies. 

In short, the 29-year-old won’t see free­dom un­til he is at least in his late 80s.

“With her sen­tence, Judge Dubow has en­sured that no man, wo­man or child will ever be vic­tim­ized or ter­ror­ized by this de­fend­ant again,” said the rape case’s two pro­sec­utors, As­sist­ant DAs Bran­wen McNabb and Ash­ley Ly­nam, in a prin­ted state­ment.

The home in­va­sion and sexu­al at­tack oc­curred in the early morn­ing hours of Christ­mas Eve 2004. The 45-year-old vic­tim was in her home on the 6100 block of Tor­res­dale Ave. with her two chil­dren. As her boy­friend ar­rived home, three armed men rushed in­to the house be­hind him and knocked the wo­man to the ground. First, the in­truders ran­sacked the house look­ing for valu­ables, steal­ing nu­mer­ous pos­ses­sions, in­clud­ing wrapped gifts from un­der­neath the Christ­mas tree.

Then Rayson forced the wo­man at gun­point in­to a bed­room, where Rayson and one of the uniden­ti­fied ac­com­plices raped her. The third in­vader kept a gun poin­ted at the boy­friend and chil­dren throughout the wo­man’s or­deal, for­cing them to hear her screams.

Rayson con­tin­ued his per­son­al crime spree, rob­bing nu­mer­ous res­taur­ants and a con­veni­ence store at gun­point in 2005 and ’06. He was con­victed of eight rob­bery counts and sen­tenced to fed­er­al pris­on in 2008. Four years later, a DNA data­base ad­min­istered by law en­force­ment matched Rayson’s DNA sample to the 2004 rape. He pleaded guilty to the crime last Oc­to­ber. ••

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