Two California teenagers will each spend the next 30 years in prison for raping an 87-year-old woman and pouring bleach down her throat, officials said recently.
The Los Angeles Times reports 15-year-old Raymond Miranda and Ruben Melanson, 16, were sentenced as adults. They both pleaded guilty to multiple charges including rape, burglary and elder abuse, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney’s office.
At the sentencing hearing Friday, Deputy District Attorney Sean Crandell said the attack was one of the worst he had seen in his 17 years on the job.
The teens, who were 14 and 15 at the time of the crime, were said to have snuck into the woman’s apartment at Camelot Retirement Community in Hemet, California, in April 2014. Crandell told the judge they tied the woman up, raped her, and poured two bottles of bleach over her body and down her throat.
“This was almost a homicide,” Crandell said, according to The Press Enterprise.
The victim has not been named.
Miranda apologized to his victim in court Friday.
“I’m sorry for going into your house,” he said. “I don’t expect you to forgive me. But I apologize for going to your house. I’m sorry. I truly am. I don’t expect you to forgive me.”
The woman was also in court Friday to confront her attackers. She thanked Miranda for his apology but stopped short of forgiving either of the teens.
“Now for the boys, I want them to look at me,” she said, according to CBS-Los Angeles. “I appreciate your apology. I want you to look at me and remember me because when you broke into my apartment in April, you terrorized me and also you took away my independence. You did evil things.”
The woman was placed in a medically-induced coma following the assault. She is now in a wheelchair and forced to use an oxygen tank due to injuries she sustained during the attack.
Judge Judith Clark praised the woman for her bravery and said she was an inspiration.
Both teens will begin serving their sentences in a juvenile detention facility. They will be transferred to state prison when they turn 18.
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