A man who beat, raped and stabbed a woman during a violent attack at an Aurora motel was sentenced to 45 years in prison.
Jamal Michael Miles, 29, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree murder and attempted sexual assault. Police say Miles became violent when the woman asked him to leave her room at the Pacesetter Motel on March 26, 2014. He then beat, raped and stabbed her before she was able to escape.
“Mr. Miles beat the victim, he strangled her, he stabbed her, he slit her throat, he raped her and he attempted to drown her in a bathtub,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Mason said in a statement. "He then dragged her near a ditch on Sable Boulevard where he undoubtedly would have finished her off, but for the heroic intervention of a good Samaritan, who stopped when she saw the victim screaming for help and rendered aid, causing the defendant to flee. Mr. Miles is a dangerous human being who should be kept out of society for a long time. This 45 year sentence will do precisely that.”
The victim suffered a skull fracture and deep lacerations to her neck, hands and head.
“This is one of the worst cases any of us will see ever see,” Mason said at the sentencing hearing in Adams County District Court on Friday.
Miles pleaded guilty on July 7. The plea agreement stipulated a sentence of 45 years in prison.
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