Ex-cop Michael Pena gets extra 10 year sentence in rape case
A disgraced ex-cop who raped a teacher at gunpoint last summer was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday but is gearing up to fight a previous lengthy sentence for charges stemming from the crime.
Judge Richard Carruthers finalized a plea deal Monday for Michael Pena, 28, which came with a decade-long sentence to run concurrently with a 75 year-to-life sentence Carruthers handed down in May.
"This sentence in no way reflects the seriousness or grievous nature of this offense," Carruthers said, according to published reports, adding that the only reason he approved the sentence was "to spare the victim from having to face her tormentor again."
During the trial, Pena's accuser recalled being dragged into an Inwood alley as she was heading to a new teaching job. She said Pena threatened her with his NYPD-issued gun as he raped her.
Pena's lawyer, Ephraim Savitt, said that he was already working on an appeal on the charges Pena was found guilty of, calling his sentence "grossly disproportionate." Under the sentence, Pena will have to live to 103 before he'll leave jail.