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Sentencing post-poned Maryland home-invasion spree

A 34-year-old Fort Washington man convicted of breaking into a Bethesda home in January 2012, terrorizing residents and their maid, will be sentenced in Montgomery Circuit Court July 2.

Kevin Darnell Ray, who was convicted in April, faces life in prison plus up to 200 years, prosecutors said. His sentencing was planned for Thursday, but Montgomery Circuit Court Judge David A. Boynton rescheduled it after Ray said he wanted to fire his lawyer and claimed he hadn’t known until the morning that he was due in court.

Montgomery and Prince George’s County police charged Ray in a string of home invasions and sexual assaults in January 2012. Detectives arrested him in North Carolina days after the spree.

In Montgomery County, Ray was convicted of kidnapping, sexual assault, burglary, armed robbery and other charges. He has already served time for manslaughter and a sexual assault. He still faces prosecution for other home invasions in both Montgomery and Prince George's.

In he case scheduled for sentencing Thursday, Ray was convicted of forcing his way into a Bethesda home at gun point, following a maid as she reported for work in the early morning. He forced one of the residents, a teenager, to tie up the boy’s mother, and took their maid into a bathroom and sexually assaulted her. After ransacking the house, he fled in one of the victims’ car.

Montgomery County police also believe Ray was behind a home invasion in Silver Spring the day before, in which he threatened a woman and her young child at gunpoint. At Ray’s bond review, prosecutors charged that he had locked the woman and her child in a closet and stolen cash and her credit card before fleeing in her 2009 Ford Escape.

In Prince George’s two days later, Ray allegedly forced his way into a Temple Hills house, holding six people inside and raping one of them repeatedly, according to police reports.

Ray was also accused in a December 2011 robbery in Upper Marlboro and a bank robbery in the District. His past convictions include manslaughter in a 1995 slaying, a robbery in 1999 and a sex offense charge in 2005.

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