BROOKLYN — A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 115 years in prison Tuesday for robbing and raping an 82-year-old woman in her Brighton Beach home, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney.
Asa Robert, 20, snuck into the elderly woman’s home while she was taking out garbage at about 2 a.m. on July 13, 2015. He hid in her bedroom, then raped her at knifepoint before fleeing with some of her belongings.
“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,” acting Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez said in a statement.
“Today’s sentence reflects the depravity of his conduct as proven at trial and is necessary to protect the public from a clearly dangerous individual.”
Robert was on the run for four days before police found him hiding in the kitchen of a Brooklyn home.
He was charged with rape, criminal sexual act, sexual abuse, assault, burglary, robbery and criminal trespass.
A jury found him guilty on Dec. 12 and he was sentenced by Judge Vincent Del Giudice in Brooklyn Supreme Court.
His lawyer, Samuel Karliner, did not respond to a request for comment, but previously told DNAinfo New York that Robert maintained his innocence and intended to appeal the conviction.