Springs man guilty of raping estranged wife
By ANTHONY LANE THE GAZETTE
March 24, 2007 - 12:58AM
A Colorado Springs man was convicted Friday night of kidnapping his estranged wife, driving her miles away at gunpoint and then raping her.
Jurors deliberated about seven hours before finding Jaime Duran, 33, guilty of felony kidnapping, rape, violating a restraining order and menacing. The kidnapping conviction carries a mandatory life sentence without parole when Duran is sentenced in June.
The trial lasted nearly two weeks as prosecutors presented evidence about Duran stalking and threatening his wife before kidnapping her from her driveway June 26 as she returned home from work.
The woman, an El Paso County sheriff’s deputy, testified it was the most terrifying night of her life. Her two young daughters, her mother and other family members were waiting inside when Duran approached her, she testified.
“I was thinking I can’t make a scene here because my family will come out and they’ll get shot,” she said.
The Gazette typically does not identify sexual-assault victims.
Duran did not testify during the trial, but jurors were shown videotaped statements he made when questioned by an El Paso County sheriff’s detective.
He said his wife wanted to get together, and after they met outside her home, they walked arm-in-arm to his car, a Chevy Tahoe. They drove to an isolated area near Boone, east of Pueblo, and had sex, he said under questioning.
The woman’s account of the night’s events was starkly different. She returned home from work just after 10 p.m., she said, and was not carrying her service pistol because she had been on “light duty” that night.
The woman described Duran’s anger as he forced her into his car and then demanded she get undressed as they drove on Interstate 25 toward Pueblo.
“I thought I was going to die,” the woman said.
She said she managed to soothe Duran, then escaped after talking him into stopping at a convenience store.
The woman said the couple’s marriage soured after Duran requested she seduce another man and have sex with him in front of Duran — or with Duran.