Two Rochester men admitted today that they sexually assaulted a pregnant woman after they abducted her outside a Henrietta business.
Devon L. Davis, 24, and Dwight Fowler, 29, pleaded guilty to second-degree kidnapping, first-degree criminal sexual act and second-degree robbery in the attack late Oct. 6 and early Oct. 7, 2009.
They’ll be ordered to prison for 35 years when state Supreme Court Justice Francis A. Affronti sentences them March 9.
Davis pleaded guilty in the morning and Fowler pleaded guilty in a separate proceeding in the afternoon. The woman, who is now seven months pregnant, attended both proceedings, accompanied by famiy members.
Davis and Fowler were scheduled to go to trial March 1 and faced a prison term of up to 50 years.
Assistant District Attorney Julie Hahn said she made a plea offer with the permission of the woman.
“She feels this is a significant sentence,” Hahn said.
Davis’ lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Michael Lopez, said Davis is remorseful for his actions.
“Mr. Davis has wanted to take responsibility for what he did, not just for his benefit but to help bring closure for his victim,” Lopez said.
Davis described in minute detail how he and Fowler drove to a plaza on Jefferson Road late Oct. 6 with the intent of accosting and robbing the owner of a spa as she left work. They didn’t know her but knew she would be leaving after work, he said.
When the woman left, they ran up on her from behind a garbage container, dragged her behind it, and demanded her purse. Fowler was holding a pistol on her at the time, Davis said.
When they found no money, they forced the woman to strip to see if she had any money on her. Finding none, they forced her into her car and took her to two ATMs in an attempt to force her to withdraw money, Davis said.
They finally took her to a parking lot, where Davis forced her to perform a sexual act on him while Fowler sexually abused her, Davis said. During the acts, the woman begged for them to stop for fear that her unborn child would be harmed, he said.
They tied the woman up with her clothing, left her in the parking lot and took her car, but were arrested moments later after the woman waved down a passer-by, who notified police. A sheriff’s deputy pulled her car over on Mt. Hope Avenue in the city moments later.
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