Man sentenced in women’s abduction
WOODSTOCK – A former resident of an assisted living facility in New Market was sentenced Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court to more than three years in prison for what the prosecution depicted as a night of terror for two victims held at knifepoint by the defendant, Richard Louis Maiorano.
Maiorano had pleaded guilty earlier in the year to two counts of abduction by intimidation or force.
Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola said the victims, Samantha Randall and Tiffany Marteney, were working a night shift Aug. 3, 2014, at Shenandoah Valley Village at 9137 N. Congress St. when Maiorano began shouting and threatening them with a knife about two to three inches long. He also slapped one of the victims, Campola said.
Campola, reading from a victim witness statement filed by one of the women, said Maiorano threatened to “cut our guts out” and kill their boyfriends and parents. Campola said Maiorano continued to hold the victims hostage for five hours with the knife within inches of them.
“He told us he would chop us up and spit our blood in our boyfriends’ and parents’ faces,” Campola said, reading from the victim impact statement. Campola described the victims as still “very scared” of Maiorano.
“They did not want to come here to testify,” Campola said.
The victims’ ordeal ended when Maiorano called a taxi and rode away into the night, Campola said.
Defense attorney Charles Ramsey blamed much of the incident on heavy drinking by Maiorano. Ramsey described his client as having “a really bad day” during the incident.
“He was also prescribed steroids that had a significant effect on his behavior that day,” Ramsey of Maiorano.
Campola dismissed Ramsey’s claims about the steroids-alcohol combination as “pure speculation.”
Ramsey said Maiorano, who is in his 60s, had no previous felony convictions and only a few misdemeanors.
Campola asked Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp to impose a five-year prison sentence – 2½ years for each victim.
Hupp sentenced Maiorano to an active sentence of three years and three months, the midpoint of the state’s sentencing guideline range for the defendant’s crimes. He will also be credited for 10 months for time already served in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail, leaving his actual time behind bars at less than 2½ years.
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