Danford Grant has entered guilty pleas to five counts of Rape in the Third Degree, one count of Burglary in the First Degree and a deadly weapon allegation.
Statement of King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg in State v. Danford Grant:
Danford Grant has entered guilty pleas to five counts of Rape in the Third Degree, one count of Burglary in the First Degree and a deadly weapon allegation. He has admitted his guilt for raping each of the five victims charged in the original information. The defense has agreed to a 25-year prison sentence.
The plea today vindicates the five victims of Mr. Grant, who are each enormously relieved that they do not have to testify in court against their attacker. We have agreed to this resolution because his plea provides certainty, accountability and finality to a difficult case.
Danford Grant carefully chose these women to be the victims of his violent rape ambitions. He counted on them being too afraid to call police. He knew that these women lived in the margins of a society where some did not speak English fluently, and where cultural shame surrounding sexual abuse is a powerful force mandating secret suffering.
He knew that they would be terrified to stand up to a man like him. And he knew that many would believe these rapes were merely commercial transaction gone awry. But he was wrong. These women, who do not know each other, summoned the courage to come forward to stop Grant. They endured the process required of victims of sexual assault, police and prosecutor interviews, and long hours answering questions from defense attorneys. And today, their courage prevailed over a serial rapist who thought he had chosen his victims wisely.
He faces the imposition of a 25-year sentence. They come away from this experience empowered by the knowledge that our community believes them. They, and the rest of the community know that our justice system has worked to put an end to the reign of violent intimidation and rape by a man of power and privilege over women who had neither.
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