A man convicted
this week of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy at
gunpoint was sentenced to 99 years in prison Thursday after
he apologized for that attack and the rapes of four
other young men.
In a written
statement read in court, Keith Hill also said he decided to
assault men rather than women because ''it would be less
hard on them.'' Hill, 20, was convicted Tuesday of
assaulting one of five young men he had confessed to
raping during an eight-month spree in 2006 in Baytown,
defense had disputed his confession to police, but in the
trial's punishment phase Hill said he deeply regrets the
attacks and hopes his victims ''find it in their heart
to forgive me.''
''It would not
happen if I did not have mental issues,'' Hill said. He
added that he had prayed to both God and the devil for
Hill blamed his
aggressive behavior on an incident when he was 13, when a
''white guy in his 40s'' knocked on his door and said,
''We're going to have some fun.'' He said he screamed
and ran away after the man touched his ''personal
The victim in the
case that went to trial testified Monday that he
thought he was going to die in the attack, which began when
Hill abducted him from his driveway as the victim
searched for something in his car.
The victim said
he was blindfolded with duct tape, his hands were tied
behind his back with zip ties, and he was forced in the back
seat of an SUV. There the assailant forced him to
perform oral sex and hit him on the back of the head
with a gun eight or nine times.
testified Wednesday in the punishment phase that Hill had
taken degrading photos of him and threatened to post them on
the Internet if he talked.
Press generally does not identify victims of sexual
feeling conflicted even as he committed the crimes, saying
he struck two of his victims after assaulting them because
he was ''upset at them for doing what I told them to
Laine Lindsey, had sought probation for his client, saying
none of the victims claimed any ''lifelong trauma.''
Cameron Calligan countered, ''Nobody should have to go
through what these young men did.''
spread fear in Baytown, an oil-refining town of 70,000
people about 30 miles east of Houston, and piqued the
interest of those who study the criminal mind because
the attacker preyed on men, something of a rarity in
the world of crime.
The U.S. Justice
Department says one in 33 men in the United States has
been a victim of a rape or attempted rape, compared with one
in six women. Experts say men are far less likely to
report a rape because they fear being perceived as