Man sentenced to 115 years for raping elderly woman inside her Brighton Beach home

A 20-year-old Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 115 years in prison for raping and assaulting an 82-year-old woman inside her Brighton Beach home in 2015, announced Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez last week.

According to trial testimony, at around 2 a.m. on July 13, 2015, the defendant – Asa Robert – slipped inside the victim’s apartment near Brighton 11th Street when she was outside taking out the garbage. After the victim went to bed, she heard a noise and discovered Robert hiding in her bedroom, at which time the defendant choked her and forced her onto the bed.

He then held a knife to the woman’s face, demanded money and punched her in the chest, before tying her hands and later raping and sodomizing her. He then fled the residence with a bag containing some of the woman’s belongings.

The victim was treated at Kings County Medical Center, while Robert led police on a four-day chase through various homes in Brooklyn. He was eventually arrested on July 17 after being found hiding in the kitchen of another private residence.

“The defendant’s crimes in this case are almost unspeakable. I commend the victim for testifying and making sure that this defendant was held accountable for this horrific assault,” said Gonzalez. “[This] sentence reflects the depravity of his conduct as proven at trial and is necessary to protect the public from a clearly dangerous individual.”

The sentence comes on the heels of Robert’s mid-December conviction of first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act, among other charges.

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