Two Hundred and Thirty Years!!
Domenique Wilson said nothing and showed no remorse before he was sentenced today by a Philadelphia judge for a series of brutal rapes in late 2008.
Then again, he now has almost five centuries to think about it. Wilson, 25, a power forward for West Philadelphia High School’s basketball team in 2003 who went on to play for Lock Haven University, was sentenced to 84 to 230 years in prison by Common Pleas Court Judge Charles J. Cunningham III – on top of the 70 to 196 years he is serving for rapes at Lock Haven.
Cunningham called Wilson a “serial rapist” and said he stacked the sentences to ensure “there is never a day when he is out.”
In November, a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury found Wilson guilty of rape and related charges in two attacks in late 2008.
By then, however, Wilson had already begun serving what is essentially a life prison term on rape and sexual assault convictions from attacks on three Lock Haven University women in February 2009.
Wilson did not testify at his Philadelphia trial and so the jury did not know about the Clinton County cases.
The city jury, however, had no difficulty convicting Wilson for the two attacks here in 2008.
In the first, the jury found that Wilson forced his way into an apartment on Clinton Street in Center City on Oct. 22, 2008. He then raped and robbed a 25-year-old woman at knifepoint and tied up, robbed and assaulted her 29-year-old boyfriend, the victims told the jury.
Wilson was also found guilty of forcing his way into a Spruce Street apartment on Dec. 19, 2008. The 24- and 22-year-old University of Pennsylvania female students told the jury that Wilson terrorized them with a gun and knife, covered their eyes, mouths and wrists with duct tape and repeatedly raped one.
Wilson was not identified in the Philadelphia cases until after the Clarion County conviction when his DNA profile matched that of the rapist in the cases here.
Later, prosecutors found an ATM security camera in West Philadelphia that showed Wilson using the victims’ bank cards to make multiple withdrawals of cash and the Philadelphia victims picked him out of a photo array.
Wilson was arrested in April 2009 and charged with the assaults there. Authorities said Wilson’s motel room contained a mask, duct tape and other items the Philadelphia victims said he used in the assaults.
Cunningham heard powerful statements from the Philadelphia victims in which they described how they remain traumatized by the attacks.
Assistant District Attorney Mark Cipolletti called Wilson’s acts of “absolute brutality, depravity and coldness to all the victims.”
Man, this is getting to be too much! We can’t even take it.