Two California teenagers were sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping an 87-year-old woman and pouring bleach down her throat.
Raymond Miranda, 15, and Ruben Melanson, 16, were sentenced as adults in the crime, the Los Angeles Times reported. Both pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including rape, burglary and elder abuse. John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County district attorney’s office, confirmed the charges.
At the sentencing hearing, Deputy District Attorney Sean Crandell said the attack was one of the worst he’d seen in his 17 years of experience.
The teens, who were 14 and 15 at the time of the rape, reportedly sneaked into the woman’s apartment in a 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, The Press Enterprise reported.
The victim was not named, and Miranda apologized to his victim in court.
“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 appeared in court to confront her attackers. She thanked Miranda for his apology but did not forgive either of the teens.
“Now for the boys, I want them to look at me,” she said. “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, and was ultimately confined to a wheelchair and must now use an oxygen tank due to injuries sustained during the attack.
Judge Judith Clark praised the woman for her bravery and said she was an inspiration.
Both teens began their sentences at a juvenile detention facility and will be transferred to state prison when they turn 18.