Willie Ward was found guilty Monday evening by a State Supreme Court jury of sexually attacking a 65-year-old Buffalo woman who had loaned him $25 last summer.
After a weeklong trial before Justice Joseph S. Forma, the jury of seven men and five women began deliberations at about 1:45 p.m. on charges of first-degree rape, sodomy, sex abuse and third-degree robbery.
Ward, 50, of Bailey Avenue, faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison as a persistent felon. He was convicted of robbery in 1970 and rape, robbery, sodomy and sexual abuse in 1975. He had been released from Attica Correctional Facility last May 10.
His victim told the jury she had met the unemployed Ward about two weeks before the sex attack because he was a friend of one of her tenants.
The victim testified that she let Ward into her house at about 6:30 a.m. last July 16 after he told her he wanted to repay her for lending him the money. Then, she said, he forced her into a back bedroom, threatened to kill her, stole about $70 and raped her.