Rockville man gets life plus twenty in burglary and rape case

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. -- After being found guilty on four counts of rape and home invasion in September 2015, a Rockville man was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison plus twenty years.

Myles Bowersox, 24, was found guilty last year of raping his elderly neighbor at knifepoint in November 2014.

A jury convened for four days last year and ultimately decided he was guilty on all charges of first, second, and third degree sexual assault, as well as home invasion. He had held a knife to the victim and threatened to return and murder her if she told anyone about the assault.

Prosecutors presented evidence that Bowersox lifted the victim’s shirt over her eyes so she couldn’t identify him, then pinned her so she couldn’t move and punched her in the mouth when she tried to call out to her roommate.

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State's Attorney John McCarthy

"She was in her bed asleep," said Montgomery County State's Attorney John McCarthy after the sentencing. "Only to discover this man broke into her window, was on top of her -- threatening her life, committing a series of sexual acts against her."

The victim suffers from a mental illness, and prosecutors presented evidence that he was aware of this.

The cornerstone of the case were the very crisp fingerprints that were found at the scene by police, and were a match to Bowersox’s. When asked by investigators why his fingerprints would be found in the victim’s apartment, he could not say.

"Our family would like to see the defendant incarcerated for as long as possible so she is kept safe," said the victim's brother, who declined to appear on screen but wanted to give a statement.