A Guilford man was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison and likely will be deported to his native Pakistan for raping an 18-year-old co-worker at a Columbia convenience store.
Riaz Ahmed Alvi, 34, was found guilty of second-degree rape and battery by a Howard Count Circuit Court jury in March for attacking the woman shortly after the store at the Kings Contrivance Village Center closed June 22, 1994.
Judge James Dudley rejected a suggestion from the defense attorney that Alvi be given a lenient sentence since he will be deported, saying deportation is not enough punishment.
However, Judge Dudley said he would consider reducing Alvi's sentence in two years if it can be guaranteed that the federal Immigration and Naturalization Service will deport him.
"I don't think it's necessary for the taxpayers of Maryland to support Mr. Alvi . . . for the next 15 years," the judge said. "That's unacceptable."
Judge Dudley said it was difficult to decide on the sentence.
He said he had to balance the fact that Alvi had no prior criminal convictions with the "repulsive" nature of the crime.
The woman testified that Alvi attacked her at knifepoint on her second day at work at the store.
Alvi, who had been in the United States for about four months at the time, testified that the woman consented to have intercourse with him.
Defense attorney Richard Karceski of Towson requested a sentence of five to 10 years for Alvi.
Mr. Karceski said Alvi shouldn't get a severe sentence for second-degree rape simply because he was acquitted of a more serious charge, first-degree rape.
But Senior Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Murtha argued for a 20-year sentence, the maximum for second-degree rape.
Mr. Murtha noted that the victim is so traumatized that she could not attend yesterday's hearing.
"Nothing will ever restore the peace of mind [the victim] had before this event," the prosecutor said.
He said the court has no guarantees that Alvi would be deported quickly, adding that the proceedings could be lengthy if he fights deportation.