PHILADELPHIA (March 7, 2016) – Today, the Honorable Diana Anhalt sentenced 28-year-old Milton Garcia to a total of 22 to 44 years in state prison. The defendant entered an open no-contest plea to the crimes of Rape, Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse, Kidnapping, and Burglary on November 10, 2015, as jury selection was about to begin in his the case.
“Milton Garcia does not belong on Philadelphia’s streets and, as a result of today’s sentencing, he won’t be anymore,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Assistant District Attorney Kelly Harrell of my Office’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit for her hard work.”
On June 21, 2014, around 1 a.m., the 26-year-old victim was walking home to her apartment on the 1900 block of Spruce St. near Rittenhouse Square when the defendant, a stranger to the victim, approached her and grabbed her from behind. When the victim tried to escape the defendant’s grasp, he grabbed her by the back of her neck and pushed her inside her apartment building. He forced her to open the door to her own apartment, threw her to the floor and sexually assaulted her. Shortly after he left, he returned to the victim’s apartment a second time. She pleaded with him to take her personal belongings and leave her alone, but he sexually assaulted her again. Afterwards, he stole her apartment keys and cell phone. The victim was able to activate an old cell phone to call 911. The next day, Detectives from the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit tracked the victim’s phone to the defendant’s residence in South Philadelphia. Officers recovered the phone while executing a search warrant and DNA evidence linked the defendant to the crime.
Assistant District Attorney Kelly Harrell stated, “The victim showed great courage in confronting her assailant in court and Judge Anhalt’s sentence ensures this sexual predator will harm no other women.”
The victim and her mother provided emotional impact testimony at sentencing. The victim described living in a state of fear and experiencing regular nightmares and flashbacks as a result of the assault she endured, but she has courageously rebuilt her life since the assault by returning to work and moving back into the city.