A 45-year-old Augusta man, who already spent 23 years in prison for kidnapping and rape, faces another lengthy prison term after being convicted of sexually assaulting a Camden woman in her home.

A Knox County jury deliberated for about four hours June 10 before convicting Bradley W. Lemay of gross sexual assault, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, eluding an officer, attempted escape, and tampering with a victim.

The jury of nine women and three men acquitted Lemay of aggravated assault, burglary, and aggravated criminal trespass.

Assistant District Attorney Chris Fernald recapped the evidence presented during the four-day trial in his closing arguments on June 10 in Knox County Superior Court.

He noted Lemay entered the woman’s home, and raped her at knifepoint over a four-hour stretch.

The woman said she feared she was going to be murdered but talked with Lemay during the violent assaults in an effort for him to connect with her and not murder her. Lemay had worked as a landscaper for a company that performed work on her properties.

Defense attorney Christopher MacLean said the victim lied to the jurors and suggested she made up the rape story because she became concerned after Lemay told her, after consensual sex, about his 23-year stay in prison for kidnapping and assault. Lemay talked to police after his arrest in June 2010 and said the woman became a different person after he told of his past.

The Camden woman testified during the trial this week she was upstairs at her home at about 9 p.m. when she heard her two dogs barking downstairs as if someone was at the door. When she got to the bottom of the stairs she saw a man she knew as Brad, who had done landscaping work at her properties, standing in the kitchen.

She said he appeared upset and within a second or two was up against her, holding a knife to her face and holding her arms behind her.

She said he forced her upstairs, and punched her in the face when she was in the bedroom.

Photographs of her swollen, bruised face were entered into evidence by prosecutor Fernald.

At his initial court appearance last year, the prosecution noted that Lemay served 21 years at the Maine State Prison for a 35-year sentence for gross sexual assault and kidnapping. Fernald said at the hearing last year that those cases in York County more than 21 years ago were similar to the Camden case. Lemay also has a juvenile record that includes seven burglaries and one rape. He spent time at the Maine Youth Center.

The Camden woman testified that eventually Lemay walked outside with her and apologized for his actions before driving away from her home. She immediately went inside the house and called 911.

Police eventually spotted Lemay’s vehicle and a chase began with speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, which ended when he lost control of the vehicle and went off the road into some shrubs by the Shore Village Apartments on Camden Street in Rockland, according to police.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm presided over the trial.

At an initial bail hearing last year after Lemay’s arrest, Fernald noted that Lemay could face 50 years in prison if convicted of the offenses. Sentencing will be held at a later time.