JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - A man convicted of walking into an unlocked apartment and assaulting a 15-year-old girl was sentenced to 24 years to life in prison on Thursday in Jefferson County.
Xavier Sebastian McDaniel, 22, attacked the teen at the Tanamera Apartment Complex in Littleton on the afternoon of April 4, 2013.
McDaniel ordered her to take off her shirt but she refused, according to Pam Russell with the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.
McDaniel repeatedly punched the teen in the face and head and she lost consciousness more than once, Russell stated.
The teen fought back and struggled to attempt to escape. When McDaniel's hand was clasped over her mouth she bit him, drawing blood, Russell said.
McDaniel dragged her through the apartment, into the bedroom, forced her on to the bed and pulled off her shorts. She continued to try to fight him off.
"She was brave, tenacious, strong and she wasn't having any of it. She fought back really hard. It was a battle and he finally left," Jefferson County Public Information Officer Mark Techmeyer said.
The teen looked out a window and saw McDaniel drive away in a 1990s model white Jeep Cherokee.
She called 911 and when deputies arrived she was transported to the hospital.
The teen had a head injury that caused bleeding in her brain, a fractured tooth and cuts and deep bruises on her face.
From her hospital bed, she was able to provide police with a detailed description of the attacker and identifying information about the vehicle he was driving.
Investigators found the vehicle in the same apartment complex where the attack happened. McDaniel also lived in that apartment complex, investigators say.
McDaniel was arrested at his job in Douglas County. Investigators have not said where he was working.
Prosecutor's said McDaniel's DNA was found inside the teen's apartment.
During the trial, the jury saw evidence of the teen's blood on her clothing and the comforter from her bed. They also saw blood spatter from the assault on the bedroom walls and ceiling and saw McDaniel's blood on the teen's shorts and the comforter.
McDaniel was found guilty of three felony counts for the attack and attempted sexual assault.
At the sentencing, the victim, now 16, had a statement read by Detective Kent Ferris.
"Everything is still fresh in my head," Ferris read. "This monster took a piece of me I will never get back."
"[A person's home and body,] both of those two things we hold sacred were violated beyond belief," prosecutors said.
The judge said references to chloroform were found on McDaniel's phone, as well as images of violent sexual assaults.
"There might be benign reason for that. I haven't heard it," Judge Lilly Oeffler said during the sentencing hearing. "Having that on your phone is frightening. I can only think that you were planning for the next victim so they could not resist you."
Ferris said he had never heard any mention of chloroform before the sentencing.
The defense claims McDaniel is innocent and plans to appeal the conviction.
The court is now considering whether he should be designated a sexually violent predator.