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Victim Testifies in Tallahassee Rape Trial

He could face life in prison if convicted. Tuesday, the victim took the stand and pointed the finger of blame directly at Miguel Sierra, the man she says raped her repeatedly and forced her to beg for her life.

The 26-year-old rape victim described in frightening detail that night in January when she arrived home from work only to be attacked, tied to her bed and raped repeatedly.

Rape victim: "I would try to use my left hand to fight him off and he'd hit me across the face and I kept on, and he'd hit me, and I'd keep on and he'd hit me."

"Is he saying anything to you?"

Victim: "He's telling me to be still."

Twenty-three-year-old Miguel Sierra sat expressionless as the young woman recounted that horrifying night, the night Sierra is accused of tying the woman to her bed with her dogs' leashes and strips of purple towel.

Victim: "He wouldn't say anything but 'shh, and I won't hurt you. I won't hurt you,' and then I saw the way the bed was arranged. I knew he was going to rape me."

The woman's description of Sierra produced a composite sketch that ultimately led to his arrest the next day, but seeing Sierra's face she says almost cost her her life.

Victim: "He said I'd seen his face and that he can't let me go, so he said I don't know what I'm going to do with you."

Prosecutors say they have a mountain of evidence; semen, saliva and fingerprints, to link Sierra to the break-in and rape.

Sierra's attorney did not offer any opening statements Tuesday and had very few questions for the victim on cross examination. Testimony will continue Wednesday.


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