For Immediate Release 2/4/2015
Neferkhper Uaenra-el, also known as Reginald Bellamy, was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to life plus 20 years. Bellamy was convicted in October of 1st degree rape, 1st degree sex offense, attempted 1st degree sex offense, and false imprisonment. Bellamy had previously been convicted of attempted murder in Montgomery County.
Assistant State’s Attorney Stacie Sawyer prosecuted the case.
On October 20, 2004 at about 3:30 am, Bellamy, driving a small red car, pulled up to a woman who was standing in the 4100 block of Belvedere Avenue waiting for a cab or bus to come by. Bellamy identified himself as a police officer, and displayed a badge and a black handgun. Bellamy asked the woman why she was standing there and told her to produce her identification. The woman gave Bellamy her social security card and MTA disability card.
Bellamy then told the woman to get into the backseat of his car while he conducted a warrant check. The woman did so, and Bellamy went to the trunk of the car, supposedly to await the result of the warrant check. Bellamy got back into the car, and began to drive. Bellamy told the woman that he was still waiting for the results of the check and that they were going to meet another cruiser.
Bellamy parked his car in a grassy area of the 2200 block of Allendale Road. Bellamy pulled the gun out and told the woman to get into the front seat without opening any of the car doors. Once the woman was in the front seat, Bellamy told the woman to take her clothes off—then raped her.
As Bellamy drove away, the woman noted his plate number. She then walked to her cousin’s house, where she reported abdominal pain. She was taken to the hospital for treatment and a rape examination.
The case went cold until a routine DNA Registry database match check was performed which linked DNA recovered from the woman’s forensic examination from the night she went to the hospital to a DNA sample collected from Bellamy after he was convicted in a 2005 robbery.
“Stacie is a fantastic prosecutor,” Special Victim’s Unit ASA, Katherine Smeltzer said. “These cases are difficult— you’re asking victims to go back 10 years to build your case.”
State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who is pushing for tougher laws against rapists and child molesters this year in Annapolis, was pleased with the outcome of the trial.
“This woman had to wait 10 years for justice to catch up to her attacker, but in the end justice was done. It is obvious, from Bellamy’s violent past that he deserves to spend life behind bars.” Mosby said.
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