Judge Sentences Sex Abuse Defendant to 10 Months in Prison

A 30-year-old defendant was sentenced to 10 months for sexually assaulting his girlfriend.

Wilson Nwafor is accused of sexually assaulting his girlfriend at knifepoint at their residence on the 1200 block of 1st Street, SE on Nov. 21, 2021. 

Nwafor was originally indicted for two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. On April 14, Nwafor pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor sex abuse. 

During the sentencing hearing on June 17, the prosecution told DC Superior Court Judge Robert Okun that the sentence needed to address both the serious escalation of violence that occurred during the incident and deterrence from future violence. The prosecutor requested giving Nwafor the maximum sentence of 24 months in prison and a five-year probation period. 

Defense attorney Kevin McCants said that Nwafor and his girlfriend were “constantly at each other’s throats,” which ultimately led to the incident.  

“I’m sorry to her, her friends, her family,” Nwafar said in reference to the victim before his sentencing. 

The victim declined to provide a statement. 

Judge Okun sentenced Nwafor to 20 months in prison, 10 months of which are suspended, with three years of supervised release and three years of probation.

 Judge Okun said he would not give Nwafor the maximum 24 months because this is the defendant’s first conviction. 

As part of his probation, Nwafor will be required to attend anger management classes and a domestic violence intervention program. He will also be required to undergo substance abuse and sex offender evaluation and treatment. 

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