A federal prison guard charged with the kidnapping, rape, and attempted murder of an 18-year-old woman has been fired from the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon.
Robert James Stamper Jr.'s long overdue termination came on July 16, 2004one day after he received a 14-month prison sentence in an unrelated case in which he pleaded guilty to beating and choking his girlfriend.
Apparently a prison sentence is what it takes to get fired from the federal Bureau of Prisons. During the summer of 2004, Stamper, 28, kept his job despite being jailed three times between May and July for violating a restraining order.
While he was out on the domestic abuse charges, prosecutors say Stamper abducted a woman at gunpoint at 3 a.m. on July 12, 2004, from the residential treatment center where she worked. The victim said she did not know Stamper but that he had called her by name.
According to police, Stamper took the woman into the woods, raped her repeatedly, then strangled her into unconsciousness. Believing the woman was dead, Stamper allegedly covered her nude body with brush and fled the scene. The woman regained consciousness around 7:30 a.m. and made her way to a nearby road, where she flagged down a passing log truck.
The woman worked with police to produce a composite sketch of her attacker, which led to Stamper's identification late that afternoon. The woman subsequently picked Stamper out of a photo lineup, authorities said.
After determining that Stamper had reported for his shift at the prison, detectives went to apprehend him. Stamper was relieved of his duties by a supervisor around 11:15 p.m. and escorted to the prison's main lobby, where he was met by police. "He was ordered to the ground, cuffed and taken into custody without incident," said District Attorney Brad Berry.
Stamper faces 12 charges in the latest incident: fourth-degree assault, second-degree assault, attempted first degree sodomy, first-degree burglary, three counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree kidnapping, and attempted aggravated murder. Bail was set at $5.3 million.
Of the 12 charges, 9 carry mandatory minimum sentences of 75 to 120 months in prison. According to Berry, Stamper could be facing "decades" in prison.
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