Rakim Malik Nottingham, 23, formerly of the 1200 block of Pipers Crescent in Virginia Beach, is guilty of rape, forcible sodomy, malicious wounding and three counts of use of a firearm, after a recent five-day jury trial.
The jury fixed his punishment at 30 years in prison.
Circuit Court Judge H. Thomas Padrick Jr., who presided over the jury trial, will formally sentence Nottingham on July 9, 2019. The sentencing was reported by Colin D. Stolle, commonwealth's attorney for the city of Virginia Beach.
The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on February 1, 2015, Rakim Malik Nottingham contacted the victim, after finding an online advertisement for her services as a prostitute.
Nottingham and the victim agreed on a price and that he would meet her at the Motel 6 on Euclid Road in Virginia Beach.
The Commonwealth's evidence proved that on February 1, 2015, Rakim Malik Nottingham contacted the victim after finding an online advertisement for her services as a prostitute.
When he arrived, he asked if he could use the restroom. He then exited the restroom, with a gun, and demanded money.
She gave him money from her nightstand, but, he demanded more. He pistol-whipped the victim and sexually assaulted her.
Eventually, the victim began to crawl out of the motel room on her hands and knees, calling for help.
Nottingham ran past her, into the motel's breezeway. He pointed the gun at a witness, who was standing in the motel stairway.
The victim went to the hospital and a Sexual Assault Nurse Examination (SANE) was performed.
Seminal fluid was collected and it underwent forensic analysis. A DNA match was made to Nottingham.
When questioned by police, Nottingham initially stated that he did not have a gun with him, but, eventually admitted that he did. He claimed that the victim reported him for rape, because he did not have the money to pay her.
Nottingham has prior convictions for robbery, use of a firearm, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and petit larceny (two counts).