A State Supreme Court jury today convicted Lemmio Turman of raping and sodomizing a woman on the city's East Side last summer but found him innocent of sexual assaults against three other women.
The jury, which began deliberating at about noon Monday, found Turman, 24, guilty of first-degree rape and sodomy in an attack last Aug. 22 in a yard on Gibson Street. He was cleared of seven other counts of rape, sodomy, assault and sexual abuse in early morning attacks on women last July 27, Aug. 25 and 31.
State Supreme Court Justice Mario J. Rossetti set sentencing for Sept. 5 and ordered that Turman remain in custody. He faces a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison.
Turman was charged with four counts of first-degree rape, three counts of first-degree sodomy, one count of first-degree aggravated sexual abuse and one count of second-degree assault. The trial began July 14.
The series of attacks that Turman had been accused of occurred in vacant lots and back yards. One of the victims was hit in the head with a brick and another was sodomized with a stick, according to testimony.
During closing arguments Monday, Turman's court-appointed attorney, Michael P. Clohessy, contended that the case against his client consisted of "bits, pieces and fragments" that failed to add up to sufficient evidence to justify a guilty verdict.
However, Assistant District Attorney Molly Musarra reminded the jury that one of the victims was acquainted with Turman before the attack and another spotted him on the street from a police car immediately after she was raped.
A third victim talked Turman into going to her mother's house, where her mother was able to stall him until police arrived, Mrs. Musarra said.
Turman pleaded guilty in 1989 to two rapes, one involving a 17-year-old girl attacked at knifepoint and held captive for nearly two days in an East Side home.