A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge sentenced a Southeast Washington man yesterday to six consecutive life terms, plus 100 years, for his role in the rape of a 22-year-old Silver Spring woman last February.
The sentence handed out by Circuit Court Judge John Mitchell means that the earliest Kurt Liston Mitchell can be considered for parole is the year 2077, according to the Montgomery state's attorney's office.
Kurt Mitchell, 22, was convicted July 29 by a circuit jury on 12 counts, including two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of first-degree sexual offense, as well as burglary, handgun and robbery charges.
At sentencing Judge Mitchell said that the maximum sentence he was imposing were meant as punishment for the crimes.
According to testimony at the trial, Kurt Mitchell went to the apartment of a newly married Silver Spring graduate student and his wife at 10 p.m. Feb. 12. He was accompanied by a 15-year-old girl and two other Washington men, Allen Jeffrey Matthews, 27, and Delonte Taylor, 21, who both will be tried in Montgomery after facing charges in the District of Columbia and Prince George's County in unrelated cases.
Prosecutors said the girl went to the couple's door and asked for a cup of sugar. When the woman opened the door, the three men burst into the apartment, tied up the husband and threw him face down in the bathtub. They then took turns raping his wife, sometimes at gunpoint, for the next two hours.
The assilants also took the couple's wedding rings and stereo equipment, and cut the phone lines before they fled, prosecutors said.
The jury deliberated one hour before convicting Mitchell on all 12 counts.