Man who raped 13-year-old gets four life sentences

A Baltimore judge sentenced a man convicted of repeatedly raping a 13-year-old girl in an East Baltimore vacant home to life in prison four times over plus an additional 25 years.

Alvin Ray Wright Sr., 50, was convicted at trial in February on three rape counts, three sexual assault counts and a first-degree assault charge. He dragged his victim from the street, into the vacant home. It had no floor so the girl tumbled into the basement, knocking her glasses off.

Then Wright attacked her repeatedly.

"This was a horrific act of violence, cruelty, and inhumanity committed against one of our young people," Baltimore State's Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said in a statement. "For that, this defendant deserves to spend every last minute of his life behind bars.

"Therefore, I am deeply gratified by today's outcome and hope it will help the victim and her loved ones to achieve a sense of closure."

Wright was matched to the attack through DNA evidence, which his attorney, Garland Sanderson, tried to contest during the trial and said he will raise on appeal.

"It's unnecessary because one life sentence is sufficient," Sanderson added.

The 2011 attack drew attention to the dangers posed by the city's vacant homes, and at trial, prosecutors said Wright appeared to be planning to use the house to commit the attack. It has since been renovated.

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