A St. John’s University student stared down her rapist in a Queens courtroom on Thursday, dismissing the convicted thug as a coward before he was sentenced to four decades in prison.
“You are weak,” the 20-year-old woman, her voice steady and sure, told an unnerved James Gillespie. “You are less than a man. Luckily, I’m a strong individual.”
Gillespie deliberately avoided his victim’s glare as she tore into him about the night that still plagues her.
“You are a coward,” she continued. “You do not deserve to walk the streets. … I don’t ever want to see or hear or know about you in society.”
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Gillespie was sentenced to 37 to 42 years in prison after the woman recounted her lingering fears, sleepless nights, a reluctance to walk alone and terror of a possible AIDS diagnosis.