A 23-year-old bulldozer driver was sentenced Friday to spend the rest of his life in prison for the armed kidnapping and robbery of two teenagers last October at a light-rail station in Timonium and the subsequent rape of one of the victims.
Kiheem Malik Taylor subjected the young couple to "torture" and "an absolute living hell" for two hours, during which they were "in fear of death," Baltimore County Circuit Judge Robert N. Dugan said before ordering the defendant imprisoned to the maximum term allowed under law -- two consecutive life sentences plus 100 years.
"A civilized society cannot tolerate such despicable, criminal behavior," the judge said.
An accomplice, Brian T. Scott, will be sentenced in October.
Speaking over the sobs of Taylor's mother, Dugan said it was his "attempt with this sentence to make sure that the defendant spends the rest of his life behind bars, and is not released for any reason."
Addressing the court, but without looking at either his relatives or those of the two victims, Taylor maintained that the police had arrested the wrong man.
"I'm innocent," he said. "I had nothing to do with this. Putting me away is not going to change the fact that the man who did this is still out there."
Police said after the Oct. 10 incident that the victims, both 17 years old, were sitting in a car at the Deereco park-and-ride lot when two men approached the vehicle, brandished handguns and demanded they open a door. The boy was forced into the trunk and the girl was made to disrobe in the back seat, according to court documents.
The two men drove around for two hours, during which time the young woman was raped, forced to perform sex acts and pose for pictures, Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger, who prosecuted the case, said in court.
The pair were released in Baltimore's Cherry Hill neighborhood, near Taylor's home, and they flagged down a passing police car.