Federico Headley, a 41-year-old Georgia man who has been a guard at Lorton Reformatory and a police officer in Maryland, was convicted yesterday of attempted rape and two counts of sodomy by a Fairfax Circuit Court jury that recommended he be sentenced to life plus 60 years in prison.
Headley, called the "Route 1 Rapist" in court by assistant Fairfax prosecutor Corinne J. Magee, was convicted of an assault on a woman at a hotel in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County last June 2.
He faces trial in Fairfax on another rape charge and on two burglary charges.
He was arrested after a series of six rapes in motels along the Route 1 corridor in the Alexandria area of the county this summer.
Headley yelled, "I'm innocent!," as he was led from the courtroom after yesterday's verdict. His attorney, Alan B. Soschin, argued that the case was one of mistaken identity.
The jury, which deliberated slightly more than three hours after a two-day trial, convicted Headley of breaking and entering with intent to rape, abduction with intent to rape, two counts of sodomy and attempted rape. It could have recommended up to four life sentences for the crimes.
Judge Richard J. Jamborsky set sentencing for Nov. 16.
Magee said that before Headley was arrested this summer at his home in Georgia and charged with the assault, he had been a guard at Lorton, a police officer in Glen Arden, Md., and, most recently, a guard at the federal prison outside Atlanta.
The victim of the June 2 assault picked him out of a police lineup and testified in court she was certain Headley was her attacker.