Michael Pena, the former New York City cop who allegedly raped a woman at gunpoint in an alleyway last summer, has been convicted of three counts of predatory sexual assault. Each count carries with it a mandatory 25-year prison sentence, so the 28-year-old cop will be at least 103 before he's even up for parole.
Even though the evidence against Pena was overwhelming and he basically admitted to being drunk and assaulting the woman, in March, a jury failed to convict Pena of rape. Apparently, juries think that some cop failsafe prevents them from being capable of raping people?
But although a lack of rape conviction for Pena is disheartening, the "predatory sexual assault" conviction isn't a bad thing; according to The Atlantic's Jen Doll. "Predatory sexual assault," a Class A felony, actually carries a harsher sentence than rape, a Class B felony.
Pena's victim, a 24-year-old teacher told the judge before the sentencing, "This has impacted every single aspect of my life, on every single day of my life. It affects every single thing. He used his weapon, and basically destructed my life with the choices he made that day. That's it. Thank you."