A Loudoun County Circuit Court jury has convicted a Prince George's County man of raping a Leesburg woman in March 1998 after breaking into her apartment in the middle of the night.
The jurors deliberated about 3 1/2 hours Tuesday before finding Floyd Lewis Miles II, 28, guilty of rape, sodomy, animate object penetration and burglary. The jury recommended that Miles serve 20 years in prison.
Prosecutors said Miles, who had worked at the Goodyear auto service center in Ashburn, crept into the 38-year-old woman's apartment about 2 a.m. on March 19, 1998, by using a key he had copied months before when the woman purchased new tires from Goodyear. Miles then startled the woman awake and raped and sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said.
"That man broke into . . . your neighbor's house, her castle," Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Eric Strom told jurors. "A citizen of Loudoun County was asleep in her bed in the middle of the night, and that man broke into her house, raped her and sodomized her."
The soft-spoken woman, who has since moved from Leesburg, testified that she was asleep in her Fort Evans Road apartment when she was awakened by a man who had crawled into her bed. She said she lay on her stomach as the man held her arms above her head and assaulted her.
"I was just hoping I wasn't going to die," the woman testified. "I just felt pain and fear."
The woman said that she never turned to look at her attacker and that she kept her eyes closed during the assault. "I remember thinking, 'There's no way they are going to catch this guy, because I never saw his face,' " the woman said.
She said she was afraid she'd be hurt if she yelled out or fought her attacker, but instead she quietly pleaded with him.
"Who are you?" the woman said she asked. "Why are you doing this to me? How did you get into my house? Why would you want to do this to someone?"
Miles admitted he had sex with the woman that night but testified that the encounter was consensual.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys agree that Miles and the woman met when she went to Goodyear in November 1997. Miles waited on the woman and then drove her back to her home using a Goodyear van. Later that day, he picked her up when her car was ready.
The woman told jurors that Miles said he was new to the area and that he expressed interest in seeing her apartment. She said she invited him in and offered him a drink of iced tea.
After that day, the woman testified, she spoke with Miles once when she called Goodyear to get a copy of her bill because she had lost the original and needed it for her insurance. Another time, she said, he called while she was asleep and asked whether she wanted to go to the gym, but she declined.
Miles testified that he spoke with the woman by phone several times. The conversations "were about everything . . . about her limitations in sex, about my limitations in sex," Miles said.
Miles testified that he had called the woman and invited her to go see a band at a local pub on March 19. He said she declined but extended an "open invitation to come to her house."
Miles testified that he stopped by the woman's apartment shortly before 2 a.m. When he knocked at the door, the woman let him in and gave him a hug, Miles said. "There was some conversation, a greeting," Miles said. "She led me to her bedroom."
After his conviction, defense attorneys urged the jury to consider that their client can be rehabilitated during years in prison, and the jury's recommended sentence was at the low end of the range.
"You have anywhere from 20 years to the rest of a man's life in your hands," Assistant Public Defender Bonnie Hoffman told the jury during the sentencing phase. "He has no right to ask for forgiveness today. But when he's 60? When he's 70?"
Miles is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 11.