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Published on May 29, 2024
North Carolina Man Sentenced to Prison for Assault with Intent to Rape in South BostonSource: Unsplash/ Larry Farr

A North Carolina man has been handed a prison term for a brutal assault in South Boston dating back to 2020. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Michael Doolin sentenced 57-year-old Glen Mumford to two-and-a-half to three years in state prison on an assault with intent to rape charge and added a two-year probation stint for assault and battery. The violent episode, which took place early morning in December 2020, involved an unconscious woman and a horrified community shaken by the ordeal.

According to reports, local police were summoned on the morning of December 8 by a 911 call from a concerned neighbor at the Old Colony housing project. The officers arrived at the grim scene to find Mumford in the act, with the victim lying beneath him, undressed from the waist down, and choking on her own blood. Despite the traumatic experience, the woman, who had suffered broken teeth and bleeding gums, was able to inform the police of the harrowing attack. She told the officers, "I was screaming for help, he tried to kill me," as detailed in a Suffolk District Attorney's Office release.

The jury's decision to convict Mumford came after a thorough examination of the facts, culminating in the verdict on Friday. The victim recounted her initial encounter with Mumford at the Andrew Square MBTA station before the attack transpired in the housing development's basement hallway.

While the defense got a lighter sentence than the seven to nine years sought by prosecutors, District Attorney Hayden emphasized the gravity of Mumford's crimes. "This man deserves every minute of his sentence for an attack that left a woman choking on her own blood and shattered the early-morning peace in a public housing development," Hayden commented on the outcome. Echoing a sense of relief in the justice served, Hayden threw in his thanks to everyone who contributed to building "a strong case" and to the jurors "for their sound verdict," according to the Suffolk District Attorney's Office.