U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu announced Monday a Washington, D.C. man pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping and one count of assault with the intent to commit first-degree sexual assault.
Forty-year-old Iray Turner assaulted a woman in her residence in Northeast Washington on August 24, 2016. The victim was in an intoxicated state and could not remember how she got home. Her first memory was of Turner strangling her, while she was lying in your bed, according to court documents.
Neighbors called the Metropolitan Police Department when they heard the victim screaming for help. At the scene, the responding officers heard the woman screaming and found the keys to the home still in the exterior door lock.
The officers pleaded with Turner to open the bedroom door, but he refused. They breached the door and found the victim unclothed from the waist down, sitting on the bed crying. Turner was wearing boxers and socks, sitting on the floor. The woman told officers that Turner had tried to rape her. Turner was arrested and taken into custody.
The woman was taken to Washington Hospital Center, where she underwent a sexual assault exam. She had bruising to her body, facial abrasions, hemorrhaging to both eyes, and red marks on her neck.
Iray Turner’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 1. He faces a maximum 12-year prison sentence.