Former NYPD cop Michael Pena was sentenced to 75 years to life after being convicted of three counts of predatory sexual assault stemming from the attack of a teacher last year.
According to reports, Pena allegedly kidnapped, sodomized and raped the woman in an upper Manhattan alley as she was on her way to work. Pena claims he was too drunk to remember (or be responsible for) his actions. However, the victim testified that the former officer “destroyed” her life.
Despite overwhelming evidence to convict Pena of rape, the jury didn’t find him guilty of raping the woman, but they did convict him of predatory sexual assault, which turns out is a more serious crime.
Although many questioned the jury’s decision to acquit Pena of rape, the harshness of his prison sentence assures citizens that he won’t ever see the light of day again. District Attorney Cy Vance says Pena’s predatory sexual assault conviction is indeed a victory for victims.
“Today’s life sentence underscores the brutal nature of the defendant’s attack on an innocent young woman,” he said. “I commend the victim for her bravery throughout this process, and I thank Judge Richard Carruthers for delivering an appropriate sentence that takes the viciousness of the defendant’s crime into account.”
What do you think of Michael Pena’s 75-year sentence for sexual assault?