Man convicted in Boston kidnapping, rape case to be sentenced Monday

A man convicted of kidnapping a woman and then raping her for several days in her apartment in Charlestown was sentenced on Monday. Victor Pena, 42, has been charged with kidnapping and 10 counts of aggravated rape for allegedly detaining the 23-year-old against her will. and sexually assaulted her for three days at her Walford Way home in January 2019. After six days of testimony and evidence, the jury needed just two hours of deliberations to reach guilty verdicts on all charges. charges. Pena was sentenced to 29 to 39 years in prison by Judge Anthony Campo. Prosecutors said the state sought a “murder-type” sentence because kidnapping and rape “really kills someone.” “When I think of how it affected me, I think of how I never fully came back from those days. A part of me died in that apartment and I mourn the life I could have lived. – that I was meant to live,” the victim wrote in an impact statement. Testifying in his own defense, Pena claimed that what happened during the three days in question was consensual, and the victim asked him for help and wanted to go to his apartment. “And we started to have great chemistry,” Pena testified through an interpreter. . “I said I had an apartment, I had accommodation, and then, ‘Let’s go to your apartment,’ she said.” “I didn’t want to die,” the woman told the court. The accuser said she feared for her life and Pena told her he had saved her and they were going to start a family. Pena forced her to drink alcohol and only gave her canned pineapple. A digital forensics specialist said 322 photos and six explicit videos of the victim were found on Pena’s phone. Detectives who found the victim described in court finding a terrified woman. Until he took the stand, Pena was not present in the courtroom during testimony and watched remotely from another room following inappropriate behavior and disruptive outbursts. During jury proceedings, Pena suddenly appeared naked on a monitor in the courtroom while performing a lewd act. After about 16 seconds, the monitor in the courtroom was turned off. This group of jurors was excused.

A man convicted of abducting a woman and then raping her for several days from his Charlestown apartment was sentenced on Monday.

Victor Pena, 42, has been charged with kidnapping and 10 counts of aggravated rape for allegedly detaining the 23-year-old woman against her will and sexually assaulting her for three days at her Walford Way home in January 2019.

After six days of testimony and evidence, the jury needed only two hours of deliberation to return guilty verdicts on all counts.

Pena was sentenced to 29 to 39 years in prison by Judge Anthony Campo.

Prosecutors said the state sought a “murder-type” sentence because kidnapping and rape “really kills someone.”

“When I think of how it affected me, I think of how I never fully came back from that time. A part of me died in that apartment and I mourn the life I could have lived. – I was supposed to live,” the victim said. written in an impact statement.

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Testifying in his own defense, Pena claimed that what happened during the three days in question was consensual, and the victim asked him for help and wanted to go to his apartment.

“And we started to have great chemistry,” Pena testified through an interpreter. “I said I had an apartment, I had accommodation, and then, ‘Let’s go to your apartment,’ she said.”

Earlier in the trial, the accuser said Pena repeatedly sexually assaulted her and threatened her if she tried to leave.

“I didn’t want to die,” the woman told the court.

The accuser said she feared for her life and Pena told her he had saved her and they were going to start a family. Pena forced her to drink alcohol and only gave her canned pineapples.

A digital forensics specialist said 322 photos and six explicit videos of the victim were found on Pena’s phone. Detectives who found the victim described in court finding a terrified woman.

Until he took the stand, Pena was not present in the courtroom during testimony and watched remotely from another room following inappropriate behavior and disruptive outbursts.

During the proceedings to elect a jury, Pena suddenly appeared naked on a monitor in the courtroom while performing a lewd act. After about 16 seconds, the monitor in the courtroom was turned off. This group of jurors was excused.

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