The Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld the life sentence of David Brooks, a 54-year-old from Penbrook, for his sexual assault of a teenage girl. During the sentencing, Brooks stood up and told the judge, “f**k you!”… which caused the judge to uphold the sentence in a court of appeals.
“You have forfeited your right to be part of this society,” Judge Lewis told Brooks in court at the time, according to PennLive. “I believe you’re beyond rehabilitation. The only recourse is to lock you up for the rest of your life.”
That was when Brooks yelled the expletive at the judge.
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The sexual assault occurred in June 2014. Brooks reportedly raped the 16-year-old victim after he overpowered her, and she pleaded with him not to take her virginity. Once she got away from him, she ran out into the street, bleeding and wearing nothing except a head scarf and bra.
According to the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office, the victim then ran to a nearby home and told the neighbor what had happened before police arrived.
“This sixteen year old showed the utmost courage not only on the day she was attacked but throughout a difficult court process,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gettle said after the jury found Brooks guilty, notes the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office. “She is an amazing young woman.”
Brooks represented himself during his trial and maintained his innocence even after his conviction. He was eligible for the life sentence under the “three strikes” law due to a prior conviction of robbery and another of aggravated sexual assault after he reportedly abducted a woman off the street in 1991, notes PennLive.