Sentencing was delayed today for a man convicted of beating and trying to sexually assault a woman in a Redwood City motel room, but the victim was allowed to plead with the court for a maximum sentence for her attacker. The victim, who is not being identified, stood close to Deputy District Attorney Ivan Nightengale this morning when she asked San Mateo County Superior Court Judge John Grandsaert to impose the maximum sentence on her attacker, 47-year-old Maurice Banks. “This incident has severely impacted my life,” said the soft-spoken woman. “In the future, I will not go back to the life I had before … This injury has bothered my life.” The woman was the sole victim of the December 2010 attack committed by Banks. Prosecutors said Banks broke into her rented room at the Garden Court Motel around 4 a.m. on Dec. 4, 2010, and severely beat her in his attempt to rape her. The woman was assaulted so savagely that her eye orbit bones were fractured and she will likely suffer permanent vision impairment. Banks was found guilty on Aug. 7 of five felony counts including intent to commit rape in the process of a burglary, residential burglary, committing a felony assault, attempting to force oral copulation and felony indecent exposure.
After the woman addressed the court, Banks’ defense attorney Jeffrey Hayden asked the court if he could read portions of a letter by Banks that expressed remorse about the case. The woman told the court that she did not wish to hear his remarks. Outside of the courtroom, Hayden said, “The whole thing is regrettable. Banks has no recollection of the incident, he was in a blackout at the time.” Hayden said in Banks’ letter, he wrote that he is greatly apologetic for what he has done. “He prays for her healing and realizes that he will live the rest of his life plagued with guilt,” Hayden said. The delay in sentencing was due to a late probation report. Grandsaert re-scheduled the hearing for Tuesday morning. Banks faces a potential sentence of 15 years to life in prison.
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