A Washington, D.C., man was convicted for breaking into a house in Maryland and sexually assaulting a 9-year-old woman he discovered asleep in her bed room.
Joshua Grice, 30, was convicted of first-degree rape and first-degree burglary-home invasion for the Nov. 29, 2021, incident. Grice faces a compulsory minimal of 25 years in jail and the potential of a life sentence. A sentencing listening to is scheduled for September.
The 9-year-old woman was sleeping in her mattress at a house in Takoma Park, Maryland when she woke as much as a person carrying all black clothes, a black hat and a black face masks sitting on prime of her.
He sexually assaulted the woman earlier than operating into the lounge space and leaving by means of an open window, based on Fox 5 DC.
The sufferer alerted her sister, additionally a minor, who was asleep in an adjoining mattress. The woman’s sister went into the lounge space and noticed the suspect standing outdoors the open window and looking out into the condominium.
After the suspect seen the sufferer’s sister, he ran from the realm. Police then responded to the scene and arrange a fringe however didn’t discover the suspect.
In Could 2022, the Montgomery County Crime Lab matched a DNA pattern from the sufferer’s underwear to Grice.
“This violent offender preyed on a younger, harmless youngster,” State’s Lawyer John McCarthy stated in an announcement. “As a result of efforts of the Montgomery County Crime Lab, Montgomery County Police and our trial crew, justice is being served. We additionally need to acknowledge the Tree Home Little one Advocacy Middle for its impactful work in instances involving weak victims.”