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Man charged with 148 yrs in prison for forcing couples to have sex at gunpoint

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 A woman stood and stared straight at the man who tainted her world and made it dark when he terrorized, robbed and sexually assaulted her and her male companion while at a motel six years ago and suggested his sentence should be execution. 

"I hope you don't have the option to see daylight again," she said, adding she hopes his sentence would make him cry as much as his victims have.

The woman, one of eight victims, four women and four men, called Rasheed Powell a "monster" as she spoke in the crowded courtroom where Powell was sentenced to 148 years in state prison during the nearly two-hour proceeding.

The woman was one of four victims who spoke at the sentencing for Powell who was convicted in March of 60 counts, including 24 counts of aggravated sexual assault, in connection with forcing his way into motel rooms and forcing the couples to have sex at gunpoint, then locking the men in bathrooms and sexually assaulting the women


During a six week period starting in March 2012 Powell began targeting couples checking into motels along Routes 1 and 9 in Linden and Elizabeth by forced his way into motel rooms and ordered the couples to engage in sex acts at gunpoint before ordering the men into the bathroom while Powell sexually assaulted the women.

In addition to the 24 counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, Powell also was convicted in March of 12 counts of sexual assault, eight counts of robbery, a first degree crime, four counts of burglary, a second degree crime and 12 weapons offenses. The verdict was reached following an eight week trial before Kirsch. The jury deliberated three and a half days.



Just wow


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