JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A 21-year-old was sentenced to at least 24 years in prison for invading a teenager’s apartment, beating her and attempting to rape her.
Xavier Sebastian McDaniel was convicted of three felonies in February after just one day of deliberation. The sentence was handed down Thursday.
“This monster took a piece of me that I will never get back,” the 15-year-old victim said in court. “I am strong, but I have to live with this the rest of my life.”
Prosecutors argued McDaniel attacked the girl on April 4, 2013, while she was watching TV in her apartment in Littleton. McDaniel lived in the same apartment building as the girl and walked into her home though a closed, but unlocked door.
McDaniel wore a mask and brandished a knife during the attack, prosecutors said.
After McDaniel entered the girl’s apartment, he demanded she take off her tank top, court spokeswoman Pam Russell said. She refused and he attacked her, “repeatedly punching her in the face and head,” Russell said.
“Get ready to die,” McDaniel allegedly said at one point.
The girl fought McDaniel and tried to get away. At one point McDaniel put his hand over her face. She bit him, drawing blood, Russell said.
McDaniel dragged the girl into a bedroom and forced her onto a bed. The girl continued to struggle, Russell said, eventually getting loose and escaping.
After the girl saw McDaniel leave, she called 911. While at the hospital, the girl was able to give sheriff’s deputies enough information to form a composite sketch and a description of McDaniel’s vehicle.
During the trial, forensics experts testified that McDaniel’s blood was found at the girl’s clothes and comforter.
Upon arrest, McDaniel was found to be in possession of chloroform and videos of women apparently being raped, prosecutors said.
“(These are) videos I wish I could unsee, but I can’t,” one prosecutor said.
“I don’t really have words to describe how I feel right now,” McDaniel said in court. “I really appreciate all the support I have. I stand by my testimony. I put myself in a bad situation and share part of the responsibility.”
The judge responded, saying, “When you tell me you put yourself in a bad spot, I am puzzled. It was you, you were there.”
McDaniel was sentenced to a total of 24 years to life in prison.