The crime happened in March of 2013 at an apartment off the 900 block of
During the attack, the victim was raped and physically assaulted according to court records. She had two lacerations on her forearm, and a puncture wound to the back of her thigh. Following the attack, police said Sutherland doused the victim in bleach.
"And despite the fact that he doused her in bleach we were still, through the safe nurse, able to get a swab of his
Sutherland was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree rape, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, theft, reckless endangerment among other charges. First-degree rape carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
"Well this is an important case, we had a predator out there and we needed to catch him and once we caught him, we needed to convict him. It was a huge public safety issue here but also just giving justice to the victim was the thing that drove us all," said Cirincion.
Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. ordered that a pre-sentence investigation be conducted before Sutherland is sentenced.
Prosecutors said they are asking for a life sentence. They said a sentencing date would be scheduled following an investigation.
"The brutal nature of this crime, the previous criminal history, which suggests that this is a violent offender, and we believe that a life sentence is appropriate given all the elements of this crime,” said Cirincion.