SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A 21-year-old man who raped a woman at gunpoint in her apartment about a month after robbing another woman in the same Grantville neighborhood was sentenced Thursday to 66 years to life in state prison.
Londrea Eugene Raymond was convicted in May of six charges, including forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and burglary. Jurors also found that the defendant used a pellet gun during the sexual assault and a gun during the robbery.
A 30-year-old woman testified that she was getting into her car the afternoon of Dec. 30, 2009, when a man demanded her purse, valuables and spare change. She said she didn't say anything and leaned back as the armed robber took her purse off her lap.
A 26-year-old woman testified that she was sexually assaulted and robbed the night of Feb. 3, 2010, after getting home from a class.
She said an armed man forced her into a bedroom, where he ordered her to orally copulate him, then raped her before ordering her again to perform oral sex.
"It's been the hardest year of my life," the rape victim told Judge Frank Brown Thursday. "I've been struggling with so much."
Deputy District Attorney Lucy Yturralde argued that Raymond deserved a sentence of 95 years to life behind bars.
Raymond's attorney, Zaki Zehawi, said giving his client the maximum sentence was akin to life in prison without the possibility of parole. By imposing that kind of sentence, the court was saying, "There's no hope for him (Raymond)," the defense attorney said.
Zehawi said Raymond got into methamphetamine when he couldn't deal with his pregnant girlfriend.
Duane Raymond said his son -- who hadn't been in trouble before -- was hooked on crystal meth for 45 days when the crimes occurred.
"He's not a bad person, he made some bad choices," the father said. "This whole ordeal is totally out of character for my son."
But Yturralde said the defendant had a chance to reflect after sexually assaulting the victim the first time.
The judge agreed with the prosecutor, calling the defendant a "predator."
"The best I can do for you is to give your son a life sentence," Brown told the defendant's father.
After the sexual assault, Raymond was detained with a backpack at a trolley station about 15-20 minutes away from the rape victim's apartment, police said..
Inside the backpack were some of the victim's belongings and a black replica pellet gun that looked real but was inoperable, police said.
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