Man found guilty, faces 10 years for 1996 Daly City rape

A man accused of raping a woman in a Daly City field 11 years ago was convicted on all counts by a San Mateo County jury Wednesday.

Jermaine Hollie, 36, faces up to 10 years in state prison when he is sentenced Jan. 31. He was convicted of one count of rape and another of forcible sexual penetration.

Hollie showed no emotion while the verdicts were read. Moments earlier, at the announcement that jurors had reached their decision, Hollie handed his jewelry and wallet to a woman who had accompanied him to court.

“That tells us he knew what was coming — that he’d be remanded into custody. It would appear it was not an enormous surprise to him what the outcome was,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Hollie, an unemployed caretaker who had been free on $500,000 bail, was handcuffed and taken to San Mateo County jail.

Throughout the trial, Hollie’s attorney had argued the victim had agreed to the Sept. 20, 1996, sexual encounter. Wagstaffe said the guilty verdicts vindicated the victim.

“Not only did this man brutally rape her, but he said through his attorney that it was all consensual. It’s a double indignity,” Wagstaffe said.

Prosecutors said Hollie offered the woman a ride as she used a pay phone on a Daly City street. After the pair drank beer and smoked marijuana in a field near Castle Street and Third Avenue, Hollie allegedly attacked the 19-year-old without provocation.

The crime went unsolved until 2005, when Hollie’s DNA, collected during a prison stint for drug dealing, was matched to the crime scene.

The woman testified against Hollie during the trial, as did another alleged victim who said Hollie kidnapped her off a Sacramento street and raped her two years later. The 1998 case, also found through a cold DNA hit, was never prosecuted because the statute of limitations had expired, Wagstaffe said.

“I think it made an enormous difference to the jury hearing the Sacramento victim. It was extremely important evidence in the case,” Wagstaffe said.

tbarak@examiner.com

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