A man was ordered on Friday to serve 25 years in prison for raping a woman in Silver Spring last year.
Milton Mazariego, 28, was charged with raping a woman in September 2020 and intimidating her neighbor, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.
Montgomery County police were called at 1 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2020, for a report of a rape that week. When police met with the victim, she told them she had been drinking all day on Sept. 5 and 6 and was also using heroin, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.
The victim doesn’t remember meeting Mazariego and had asked two neighbors what happened the day before the rape, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office. The neighbors said the victim asked where she could buy marijuana and they called Mazariego.
According to one neighbor, the victim was having trouble walking sometime between 9 and 10 p.m. and Mazariego was helping her. Then, between 1 and 2 a.m. the next day, Mazariego went to a neighbor’s home, asked the neighbor’s boyfriend to come outside and told him that he had sex with the victim, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.
The neighbors saw the victim passed out in the front seat of a truck.
A neighbor and Mazariego carried the victim into the laundry room of the apartment complex and put her on a couch. The neighbors continued to check on her and said eventually she went back to her apartment.
Neighbors initially did not speak to the police, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.
On Nov. 6, 2020, Mazariego approached one neighbor and told her she “had to make sure he did not get in trouble with the police” and that he could kill someone or pay to have someone killed, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office. He then took a photo of the neighbor’s driver’s license and told her he could find her because he had her information.
After Mazariego’s confrontation with the neighbor on Nov. 6, neighbors agreed to talk with police, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office. When police searched Mazariego’s phone, they found pictures of the neighbor holding up her driver’s license.
According to court records, Mazariego was charged on Nov. 23, 2020, with second-degree rape and retaliating against a witness. A jury found Mazariego guilty on both counts on June 9, 2021, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.
On Friday, Montgomery County Circuit Judge Margaret Schweitzer sentenced Mazariego to 20 years in prison for the rape conviction.
She also sentenced him to 20 years for the witness intimidation charge, with all but five years suspended, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office. Those five years will be consecutive to the other 20-year sentence, for a total of 25 years.
Additionally, Mazariego received five years of probation after his prison time. He was ordered not to have contact with any state’s witnesses and will be on a lifetime sex offender registry .
Mazariego has a criminal record that includes a 2013 conviction of sex abuse of a minor, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.
“The defendant has a history of targeting vulnerable victims and this lengthy sentence will help ensure the safety of the community,” State’s Attorney John McCarthy said in a statement.
Paul Batchelor, an attorney with the county’s Public Defender’s Office, wrote to Bethesda Beat Friday evening that they plan to appeal the case. He declined to comment further.
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