A Suffolk Superior Court judge Monday sentenced a man to 16 years in prison for raping two young women in Boston in 2004, authorities said.
Dwayne McNair, 37, was convicted last month of eight counts of aggravated rape and two counts of armed robbery in the attacks, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office.
Prosecutors sought a 30 to 40 year sentence for McNair.
McNair and another man, 35-year-old Anwar Thomas, abducted and raped the two women in separate attacks in Boston’s Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill neighborhoods more than 13 years ago, authorities said.
McNair was sentenced after the two women submitted impact statements to the court. One woman, who addressed the court in person, said she “never got the chance to have a normal” life because of the attack, which happened two blocks from her Mission Hill home. She was 19 at the time.
“I had to quickly learn how to grow in tainted soil and to survive in a world that was no longer mine,” the woman said, according to a transcript of her statement.
“But today, I will no longer be shackled. Today, I will no longer be held down. Today, I will not ‘Shut Up.’ I am not a victim. I am not a survivor. For it is I and I alone who can define me ... And today, I am a warrior.”
Authorities said McNair and Thomas kidnapped the first victim, who was 23, on Sept. 21 in Jamaica Plain. They beat her with a gun and drove her to a remote location, “where they sexually assaulted and robbed her,” prosecutors said.
Nine days later, the two men attacked the 19-year-old, authorities said.The woman was able to retrieve a condom used during the assault and provide it to Boston police.
“The defendant’s crimes were nothing short of terrifying and brutal,” Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley said in a statement.
McNair was arrested for the attacks in 2012, but the case was prolonged because prosecutors could not differentiate McNair’s DNA from his identical twin brother’s. Prosecutors made national headlines when they tried to use a cutting-edge DNA test, known as second-generation genome mapping, to differentiate McNair from his brother.
A judge decided they could not use the test results at trial, and Thomas, who pleaded guilty to his role in 2012, testified that it was McNair, not his twin brother, who joined him in the attacks.
Thomas is serving a 16-year prison sentence.
The prosecutor in the case, David Deakin, read a statement in court from the first victim, who recalled how she felt ashamed after the attack.
“Those feelings and thoughts have disappeared over time, but because of the defendant’s actions I still feel I’m overly aware of the evil that may exist around me and afraid this could happen again, to me or the people I love,” she wrote.Dylan McGuinness can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @DylMcGuinness.