November 13, 2012
LIMA — It was a crime that nearly left a judge speechless. A 13-year-old raping and robbing a 90-year-old woman.
Judge Glenn Derryberry of Allen County Juvenile Court, tried to find words and understanding Tuesday in the crimes Maurice McGill committed but he couldn’t. There was no way of understanding.
“I’ve tried to come up with the right words to describe this and I’ve had a hard time. The words that come to mind is it’s almost a callous and depraved disregard for the victim,” the judge said during McGill’s sentencing.
Derryberry sentenced the now 14-year-old McGill to a juvenile prison for at least six years and no longer than his 21st birthday. He also issued a sentence of 15 years in an adult prison but placed that on hold, as required by law, on charges of rape and aggravated robbery.
McGill was too young to be sentenced as an adult but under Ohio’s Serious Youthful Offender law, the judge was able to issue an adult sentence, which McGill may never have to serve.
The premise of the law is to hang an adult sentence over an offender’s head to give him a chance to make it. Should McGill get in trouble at the juvenile prison, prison officials or the prosecutor can ask the judge to impose the adult sentence.
The charges stem from the robbery and rape of a 90-year-old woman inside her home on Aug. 13, 2011. McGill knocked on the woman’s door in the 200 block of Haller Street. When the woman answered the door, he forced his way in demanding money. He then struck the woman and raped her. The woman survived the attack but no longer is able to live alone.
McGill’s attorney, Joe Benavidez, made a plea to the judge to give McGill a chance to straighten out his life.
“He hasn’t had a good home life. He hasn’t had a good childhood,” Benavidez said. “We hope he can finally straighten up and make an honest effort.”
McGill has been in trouble since he was 10 years old, which includes crimes of robbery, possession of a deadly weapon in a school safety program, assault, and theft. He’s also had other violations and has been in trouble while in the system, said Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Chris Steffan.
“We have already spent four years trying to rehabilitate this child and nothing has happened. Since we have become involved with this defendant his charges have only gotten worse,” Steffan said.
McGill apologized to the victim who was not in court.
“I do regret what I did and if I could take it back I would,” he said.
Derryberry told McGill he held the key to his future and made it clear he could go to a prison for adults if he got in trouble.
“It’s all up to you,” Derryberry said.