VISTA (CNS) - A parolee who raped a female neighbor and sexually assaulted her best friend at knifepoint was sentenced Wednesday to 417 years to life in state prison.
Jeremy Stutzman, 34, was found guilty in April of rape, oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon and other crimes.
The defendant was convicted in 2002 of tying up and sexually assaulting a female acquaintance two years earlier and was sentenced to 10 years in state prison.
"To hear the facts of this case, the facts of his prior case, one has to reach the conclusion that Mr. Stutzman is very different," said Deputy District Attorney Patrick Espinoza. "He is a sexual sadist. What we know is that he has not been rehabilitated, and we should not be confident that if he were given the hope of to some day be a free man again, he would stop criminal behavior."
The rape victim testified that she was attacked on May 30, 2011, when she went to Stutzman's apartment at their complex in Vista. She said she and her friend -- who was also her roommate -- had shared methamphetamine with Stutzman earlier in the day.
The victim said the defendant slammed the door behind her, brandished a hunting knife and dragged her into a bedroom, where he raped her. While in the bedroom, the woman said she saw her best friend hogtied and blindfolded.
The rape victim -- who had just turned 20 -- said Stutzman tied her to a shower rod and forced her to model underwear that he'd stolen from her apartment. She said she escaped when Stutzman left the apartment with her best friend.
According to court testimony, Stutzman forced the best friend to drive him around San Diego County before freeing her.
Stutzman testified that the encounter was consensual, and that the women tied him up at first.
The defendant spoke in court today before he was sentenced by Vista Superior Court Judge Richard Mills, saying his DNA wasn't found on either victim.
"The DNA that was collected should have been there in all aspects," the defendant said. "I mean, I'm not God. I can't change the facts.
"I've only got one life to live," Stutzman said. "I've lost everything that I can possibly think of, everything that I've ever held dear to me. The crimes alleged against me are terrible, they're terrible. I mean, if I had a little sister or girlfriend that somebody alleged that happened against I would be ... you don't ever know what I'd do."