A former construction worker convicted of abducting a Sterling woman at knifepoint in 1999 and raping her in his home in Gore, Va., has been sentenced to life in prison.
Gary Proctor, 41, was convicted of rape and abduction with the intent to defile at a 1999 trial. During a sentencing hearing Monday, Loudoun County Circuit Judge James H. Chamblin imposed a life sentence for each count plus 3 1/2 years for an unlawful wounding conviction.
The hearing was the second time that Proctor had been sentenced for the February 1999 crime. The jury seated during Proctor's trial recommended that he serve a life term plus 45 years, and a judge imposed that sentence. But Proctor was given a new sentencing hearing before a different jury after the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that juries in non-capital cases must be told that there is no parole in the state.
Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney Robert D. Anderson (R) said the two life sentences, recommended by the second jury in January 2002, were appropriate. "A person like this needs to be taken off the street," he said.
The woman, whom The Washington Post has not identified because she was the victim of a sexual assault, testified during the 1999 trial that she had met Proctor briefly the summer before the attack when he was working on her street.
She testified that Proctor came to her home on the evening of Feb. 18, 1999, saying he was looking for a ring he had lost. The woman said she wanted Proctor to leave and tried to hasten his departure by offering him a television she had planned to give to Goodwill.
Proctor went outside to move his truck closer to the house, the woman testified. But when he returned, she said, he grabbed her around the shoulders and held a knife to her throat. She testified that he forced her into his car, tied her hands with twine and drove her an hour to Gore.
The woman testified that when they reached his home, she didn't resist when Proctor asked her to have sex because she didn't want to agitate him. Proctor eventually drove the woman home, and she contacted police.
Authorities said Proctor also has a 1986 felony sexual assault conviction in West Virginia.