A former federal prison guard must be convicted for raping an 18-year-old McMinnville woman and leaving her for dead, a Yamhill County prosecutor...
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — A former federal prison guard must be convicted for raping an 18-year-old McMinnville woman and leaving her for dead, a Yamhill County prosecutor told jurors yesterday.
In his closing argument, District Attorney Brad Berry reminded jurors that Robert Stamper had taken the stand earlier this week and acknowledged committing many of the crimes for which he stands trial.
“This isn’t a matter of, ‘Is it beyond a reasonable doubt?’ ” Berry said. “It really is beyond all doubt, well beyond what the state has to prove because Mr. Stamper has admitted that to you.”
Stamper, 28, is charged with rape, kidnapping, attempted murder and other charges. The jury began deliberations yesterday afternoon.
Stamper testified Monday that he kidnapped the woman from the care home where she worked July 12, 2004, and raped her in the woods west of McMinnville.
Stamper also admitted choking the victim to unconsciousness. Stamper said he realized he should kill the woman to avoid getting caught, but he couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger on the gun he had brought.
To convict Stamper of attempted murder, jurors must be convinced of his intent. Prosecutors contend that Stamper thought he had killed the woman.
The woman woke up the next morning and flagged down the driver of a logging truck. Stamper was later arrested at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan.
Stamper testified that he was frustrated with life on the night of the crime and wanted to hurt a woman.
He drove to the care home and watched the victim through a window. Armed with a gun, he went into the facility and ordered the woman into his truck.
Stamper’s lawyer, Ted Coran, said his client became “trapped by his own stupidity.”
“This is the problem with not having an exit strategy as you are getting into something like this,” Coran said. “He realizes, ‘What am I going to do now?’ He has no plan. He’s never had a plan.”