CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A 21-year-old Charleston man will spend 25 to 60 years in prison for the brutal rape and stabbing of a friend, a crime that was captured on a 911 call.
Erique Harris pleaded guilty to two charges of sexual assault for the crime that occurred on Kanawha Boulevard East last November.
Police were able to use a cellphone call made by the victim to locate her and track Harris.
The man arrived in the courtroom Wednesday, smiling widely. His attitude shocked a prosecutor and the judge.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey said she had no hesitation in sentencing Harris to two consecutive sentences and 50 years of additional supervision upon his release. She declined a request to send him to a correctional facility for youthful offenders.
"I can assure she will never have to see that grin on your face again," Bailey said. "Or that I will never have to see that grin again."
The judge called the crime "extremely violent."
The victim spoke at the hearing, telling the judge she has recurring nightmares of Harris attacking others. She said her physical wounds have healed but she remains traumatized emotionally.
Harris was a friend, she said, and she accepted a ride from him to work.
Instead, the man stopped near railroad tracks and assaulted her twice, stabbing her in the arm as he did. Police said she could be heard screaming on the 911 call.
She told the judge Wednesday, "I think about that day all the time, and I have nightmares of other women being raped by Erique and me trying to help them.