Rapist gets 18 years for Worthington attack, bomb threat
KITTANNING — A 39-year-old Aliquippa man convicted of raping his estranged girlfriend at knifepoint in her Worthington home last October and threatening her with a homemade bomb was sentenced at the Armstrong County Courthouse Tuesday to up to 18 years in prison.
Keith L. Kammerdeiner was sentenced by President Judge Kenneth Valasek to 108 to 216 months on charges of rape, aggravated assault, aggravated indecent assault, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, indecent assault and risking a catastrophe.
He had been found guilty on all six counts at a trial by jury in July.
During Kammerdeiner's sentencing, the victim tearfully addressed Valasek at the stand and said she has suffered from frequent flashbacks and nightmares.
“I'm trying to function normally,” she said, adding that she has been receiving counselling and has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.
She did not look at Kammerdeiner but kept her focus on Valasek, asking him to order the maximum sentence because she still lived in fear of Kammerdeiner.
“I do believe he's going to come back,” she said.
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Assistant District Attorney Cindy Calarie noted that Kammerdeiner had not only terrorized the victim, but had caused the town of Worthington to be temporarily shut down while the Allegheny County Bomb Squad located the hidden explosive device near the victim's residence.
According to court documents and details from the trial, on Oct. 11, Kammerdeiner unexpectedly showed up at his ex-girlfriend's home — six months after the victim had ended their relationship. She allowed him inside but Kammerdeiner became enraged when she told him to leave. At that point, he sprayed her in the face with mace, tied her up and sexually assaulted her at knifepoint, according to testimony.
During the incident, Kammerdeiner told the victim he had originally intended to cut her son (now 6) in her presence, it was alleged at trial. Her son was not at home at the time of the incident.
The victim was able to escape from the home later that afternoon while Kammerdeiner was distracted.
One week after Kammerdeiner was arrested, he told police about the explosive device ( a prescription bottle filled with carpet tacks, gun powder, nitroglycerin and ammonium nitrate).
Valasek said Tuesday that according to the sexual offenders assessment board, Kammerdeiner was not considered to be a sexually violent predator.
Kammerdeiner was ordered to pay $276.95 in restitution, $1,000 in fines and costs and must complete a mental health assessment and a sexual offender evaluation. He was credited with 348 days served.
Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303.