NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A Hampshire County jury has found Emmanuel Bile, Jr. guilty of two of three counts of aggravated rape in an alleged group attack on a 21-year-old UMass student inside her dorm room more than two years ago.
The jury, which began deliberating on Friday morning before returning Monday, came back with the verdict around 2:00 Monday afternoon. They found Bile guilty of aggravated vaginal and anal rape, but not guilty on one count of aggravated oral rape.
Bile, of Pittsfield, is the first of three men to be put on trial in connection with the attack, which prosecutors say happened in October of 2012 during a night of drinking and smoking marijuana. They allege that the victim was barely conscious when Bile, Adam Liccardi, Justin King, and Caleb Womack forced themselves on her.
Bile’s attorney, David Pixley, said in his closing argument that the sex was consensual. Bile’s bail has been revoked and the judge will make his sentencing on Wednesday morning at 9:30. For aggravated rape, the maximum sentencing is life in prison, and the minimum is up to the judge’s discretion.
Court dates for the other three men have not been set yet, but are scheduled to begin sometime next month.