Md. man sentenced for sexual assault

A Silver Spring man was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison for the 2010 sexual assault of a Georgetown University graduate who was walking on Wisconsin Avenue NW after a party.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Thomas J. Motley, sentenced Glenn A. Smith Jr., 37, in connection with the June 13, 2010, attack.

The courtroom was somber Friday as the woman, who was 22 at the time of the attack, recounted her ordeal at the hands of the accused and told of how the assault ruined her life.

“Before the attack, I believed I was a brave and an independent woman. Today, I’m afraid to walk alone and always have to be in the company of my friends,” the woman told the judge as she sobbed. The Washington Post generally does not identify victims of sex crimes.

During the 2012 trial, Smith’s attorney argued that the sex was consensual after Smith met the woman and the two flirted.

Smith was arrested after DNA evidence found on the victim matched DNA collected during a prior arrest on an identity theft charge in New Jersey.

— Harry Misiko

Police investigating strangling death in NE

Police are investigating the strangling death of a District woman last fall. District police identified the woman Saturday as Carmen Payne, 53, of Northeast. She was found on the evening of Oct. 2 when officers responded to a request for a welfare check in the 1200 block of Meigs Place NE.

The medical examiner’s office subsequently ruled that Payne had died of strangulation and that her death was a homicide.

Officer Paul Metcalf, a department spokesman, could not provide additional information Saturday about the circumstances of the homicide or why police were releasing information about the case six months after Payne’s death.

— Ann Marimow

Infant and 2 others injured in car crash

An early-morning car crash in Rockville sent three people, including an 8-month-old baby, to the hospital with serious injuries, Montgomery County authorities said.

The incident occurred just before 1 a.m. Saturday when two cars collided at Aspen Hill Road and Parkland Drive in Rockville. Police are still searching for one of the drivers, who fled the scene on foot. The car carrying the infant and two adults caught fire.

— Lori Aratani

Flight training planned in D.C. region

Flight training exercises are planned for the skies over the Washington region for the next two days, starting at midnight Monday.

According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the rapid-response training will take place between midnight and 5:30 a.m. from Monday night through Wednesday morning.

The training will include Air Force F-16 jets, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and other aircraft in an exercise to work on NORAD’s “intercept and identification” operations that respond to possible air threats.

NORAD has conducted similar flight training throughout the United States and Canada as part of an operation that began in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

— Washington Post Staff

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