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VICTIM: ‘MAY YOU LIVE IN PURE TORMENT’

Rocky Mountain News (CO) – Thursday, July 7, 2005
Author/Byline: Sarah Langbein And Clayton Woullard , Rocky Mountain News
Edition: Final
Section: News
Page: 5A
Before serial rapist Brent J. Brents was sent to prison for longer than 15 lifetimes, his victims recounted their hell.

There are the nights of no sleep for one woman, who has sought relief from an acupuncturist to alleviate her chronic lower-back pain and a therapist to ease her fear.

There are the days when a can of Mace and a pocketknife help one woman get out of the house because, she says, she feels like a prisoner in her own life.

For another, there are haunting memories of a savage beating that many said should have killed her.

Still, three women stared into Brents’ eyes Wednesday and wished him a hell of his own.

“May you live in pure torment,” the 44-year-old owner of a Denver pet shop told him.

“Your soul is going to rot for eternity,” said the apartment manager he nearly bludgeoned to death.

The women stood their ground at a lectern just feet from Brents. Shackled and unarmed, he was forced to listen to them.

“It is not OK to rape women and children,” yelled a woman who was attacked in her Congress Park apartment. “The other victims will never be the same again, most importantly the children, and that’s not fair.”

When Brents attacked her, she said, he destroyed her wall of security and created one of suspicion of everything around her.

“Brent Brents should never walk free again, and it’s clear after today that he will spend the rest of his life in prison,” the 29-year-old woman said. “He destroys lives. I’m proof of that. Thankfully, I’m living proof.”

The three women spoke on behalf of themselves and victims who weren’t present at the hearing. That included two grade-school-age sisters, who were raped in their family home, and their grandmother, who had to listen to their attacks, as well as three prostitutes and another rape victim who died in April of a drug overdose.

They allowed their photos to be published and broadcast.

“I am an ordinary woman, but that all changed when Brent J. Brents walked into my store,” the pet shop owner said. “My world was suddenly very different. I was a rape victim and a victim of a violent crime.”

Her voice wavered slightly, and then she addressed Brents.

“What you did to me, the other women, and the children was an act of pure self-fulfillment and self-gratification,” she said. “I hope when you are in prison, you experience terror and crumble from weakness because you are no longer a man with a knife.”

Brents hung his head and appeared unmoved by their statements. But when apartment manager Tiffany Engle, 33, spoke, his face turned red and he dabbed his eyes.

“My name is Tiffany, and I’m the apartment manager you attempted to murder,” she said, facing Brents. “But I’m still here.”

The once bubbly woman with long hair was now solemn, her hair cut short after many surgeries to her head and brain. Brents’ assault nearly killed her, but he did not sexually assault Engle. “I thank God for keeping me here today,” she said.

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