D.C. man convicted of raping girlfriend
A Prince George’s County jury has convicted a District man of raping and beating his ex-girlfriend inside her Temple Hills apartment, State’s Attorney Glenn F. Ivey said.
The jury on Thursday convicted Jeffrey L. Strickland, 45, of first- and second-degree rape and first- and second-degree assault.
Strickland was convicted of attacking his former girlfriend on May 23, 2009. The Washington Post generally does not identify the victims of sexual assault.
According to prosecutors, Strickland had been living with the victim. A few days before the attack, the victim had told Strickland to leave her apartment, prosecutors said.
The 47-year-old victim was found by her daughter, lying on the kitchen floor unconscious, prosecutors said. When the victim regained consciousness, she said “Jeff” had beaten, strangled, and raped her, prosecutors said.
Strickland told police he and the victim had engaged in consensual sex. The victim had hemorrhaging in her eyes which was consistent with strangulation, prosecutors said.
On Aug. 27, 2009, the victim died of unrelated causes, prosecutors said.
Strickland is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 22. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
— Ruben Castaneda
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