FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 17, 2012
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District Man Sentenced to 28-Month Prison Term
For Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend in Two Attacks at Her Home
-Defendant Attacked Victim After Learning She Was Dating -
WASHINGTON – Patrick McInnis, 37, of Washington, D.C., has been sentenced to 28 months in prison on charges stemming from two attacks against his ex-girlfriend, including one in which he sexually assaulted her, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. announced today.
McInnis pled guilty in October 2012, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to charges of attempted assault with a dangerous weapon and attempted second-degree sexual abuse. He was sentenced on Dec. 14, 2012 by the Honorable Michael Ryan. The judge also ordered McInnis to register as a sex offender for 10 years, complete a domestic violence program, and get alcohol treatment.
According to the government’s evidence, the first incident took place at about 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 6, 2012, in the 3900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE. McInnis arrived at the home of his ex-girlfriend, with whom he has a child. The victim was conversing with a male outside the residence. She permitted McInnis go into her home to obtain his belongings. A few minutes later, McInnis called the victim into the house and confronted her about her relationship with another man. Among other things, he threatened to strike her with a hammer.
McInnis returned to the ex-girlfriend’s residence at about 10 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2012. The victim opened the door, not realizing who was there, and McInnis came inside. McInnis and the victim argued, and he pushed her onto a bed and sexually assaulted her.
In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen commended the work performed by those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sex Crime Investigations Division. He also praised those who handled the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim Witness Advocate Veronica Vaughan and Paralegal Joyce Arthur. Finally, he commended Assistant U.S. Attorney Mervin A. Bourne, Jr., who investigated and prosecuted the matter.