The teenager who was found guilty of raping and sodomizing an 82-year-old widow has been sentenced to 115 years in prison after failing to appear in court.
Asa Robert, was found guilty of suffocating, raping and sodomizing the elderly woman during the attack last summer.
Robert’s defense attorney Samuel Karliner said: ‘[Robert] specifically said he does not want to come out because he does not want his picture taken.’
Karliner also said that Robert maintains his innocence, the New York Post reported.
Supreme Court Judge DelGuidice said: ‘The basic tenant of civic behavior is to have deference towards those more vulnerable than everyone else.’
He chose to offer ‘no mercy’ to Robert, who DelGuidice said showed ‘no mercy’ to any of his victims.
Robert had previous offenses and will go to court again because he allegedly assaulted a police officer.
He was convicted of first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act, following his conviction last week of first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree assault, first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, second-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree criminal trespass.
Robert could have received up to 122 years in prison.
Recounting her ordeal in court, the victim disclosed Robert broke into her home, put a knife to her neck and proceeded to sexually assault her.
During Robert’s trial in late November, the 4-foot-5, 90-pound victim, who has been using a wheelchair since the day of the brutal attack, recounted for the jury how Robert pounced on her when she went to lay down, grabbed her by the neck, pushed her onto her bed and threatened her with the knife.
‘He started to yell, “Gimme the money,”‘ she recalled, according to a report by the New York Daily News. ‘I said, “I’m a poor old lady, my family handles all my money.”‘
The widow, who is not being named because she is believed to be the victim of a sexual assault, said Robert proceeded to ransack her home, shoving clothes into a bag. He also reportedly pilfered an umbrella.
The victim even offered the teen her late husband’s Hawaiian shirt in the hope that he would leave without harming her, reported the New York Post.
As Robert was making his way toward the door, the widow told the court he suddenly turned around and ordered her back into the bedroom, where he proceeded to rape, sodomize and suffocate the octogenarian, despite her repeated pleas to stop and call 911.
‘This was the most disgusting thing that has ever happened to me,’ she told jurors of the attack. ‘He was on top of me like a pile of bricks. It felt like he was trying to crush me to death.’