Ex-NYPD Officer Michael Pena Sentenced 10 Years for Raping Teacher
After admitting to raping a woman after being acquitted, he faces a possible life sentence.
A New York City Police Department officer is headed to prison for raping a young schoolteacher, according to the New York Post.
Rapist cop Michael Pena is headed to prison for 10 years to life although a pending appeal could shave decades off of his 75-to-life sentence, according to his lawyer.
"He's hopeful that an appeal will restore this sentence to something approaching human numbers," said the lawyer, Ephraim Savitt, calling the current term, "a death sentence."
A drunken Pena pulled the unidentified woman into an alley and pulled his weapon out. He threatened to "blow her f---king face off" if she opened her eyes or made a sound, she tearfully told jurors.
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"This sentence in no way reflects the seriousness or the grievous nature of his crimes," Carruthers said of the 10-year concurrent sentence, adding that he had handed it down "for one reason and for one reason only."
"That is to spare the victim from having to confront her attacker again," he said, adding the Pena "has already been adequately sentenced" for the "depravity" of his crimes. The victim, who had sobbed in court as Pena admitted to the rapes in last month's plea deal, was not present in court today.
Pena's appeal is pending, and will seek to have the appellate division vacate the current sentence and set a lesser one.