When Arohn Kee was 29,the serial killer-rapist who preyed on teen girls in Harlem, stood at the defense table, apologizing for his crimes, for the first time, in a pre-sentencing statement when the Maximo Duverge, 31, leapt from the back row.  Kee had killed Duverge's cousin Johalis Castro, 19, in 1997 and may have set her body on fire while she was still alive.  Court officers held Duverge back before he could attack Kee, who had just tearily told the packed room, I am sorry.  Kee will serve life without parole for raping and asphyxiating Rashed Washington, 18, in 1998.  He received additional life sentences for murdering Castro and Paola Illera, who was only 13 when Kee sexually assaulted and strangled her in 1991.  For good measure, the judge gave him 400 more years for his rapes of four other girls, aged 13 through 15.  Kee's youngest rape victim, a tiny 13 year old had testified that he told her, Shut up, and take it like a woman, while sodomizing her in a stairwell.  When Kee asked to be excused from listening to the prosecutors scathing summation, Supreme Court Justice Joan Sudolnik denied his request telling him, Why don't you take it like a man.

Kee, now 33, was penitent and oddly cheerful as he was sentenced to a 20 year prison term for raping the 17 year old girl, a decade-old attack in which the DNA caught up with him only this year.

(Harlem, New York)