Two teenagers were convicted of breaking into the Southern California home of an 87-year-old woman, sexually assaulting her and then pouring bleach down her throat. They have been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
In court on Friday, the elderly woman, named as Jane Doe, told Raymond Miranda, 15, and Ruben Melanson, 16, that they terrorized her, as they were sentenced as adults for the crime the two committed last April.
The teenagers will remain in the custody of the California Department of Juvenile Justice until they turn 18, at which point they will be transferred to a state prison. The two will remain registered as sex offenders for life.
1. Two teenagers convicted of sexually assaulting an elderly woman (below, the elderly woman named as Jane Doe during the sentencing on Friday) and then pouring bleach down her throat after breaking into her Southern California home, have been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Both teens pleaded guilty to several charges, including robbery, last year after forcing their way into the 87-year-old woman’ apartment at the gated Camelot Retirement Community in Hemet, California.
Miranda and Melanson, aged 14 and 15 respectively at the time of the attack, also admitted to rape, elderly abuse and a gang enhancement during the April 17, 2014 incident, The Los Angeles Times reports.
Prosecutor Sean Crandell from the Riverside District Attorney’s Office said that the teens’ crime was one of the worst cases he has worked on during his 17-year career.
Both teens were charged with burglary, elder abuse with great bodily injury, sexual penetration with a foreign object by force and rape, The Press Enterprise reports.
2. The 87-year-old woman told Raymond Miranda (below), 15, and Ruben Melanson, 16, in court on Friday that they terrorized her, as they were sentenced as adults for the crime they committed last April.
3. The boys (both Miranda and Melanson pictured during court on Friday) will remain in custody of the California Department of Juvenile Justice until they turn 18 years old before being transferred to a state prison.
The boys reportedly entered the woman’s home through a window while she was asleep. They proceeded to tie her up, then sexually assaulted and beat her using knives and bottles.
The two then poured two bottles of bleach over the woman’s body and down her throat, according to prosecutors.
Almost unable to breathe, the victim pulled a cord that alerted the Camelot complex manager who then called the police for help.
By the time responding officers arrived at the scene, the woman had completely stopped breathing, but was revived through CPR.
4. During the sentencing, Doe (below) brought Judge Judith Clark to tears as she told the boys that they did evil things and took away her independence, but said she appreciated Miranda’s apology.
5. Prosecutor Sean Crandell (above during the sentencing) from the Riverside District Attorney’s Office said it was one of the worst cases he has worked on during his 17-year career.
Following the crime, the woman was placed in a medically-induced coma and is now forced to use a wheelchair and oxygen tank to help her breathe.
Miranda apologized for his actions to his victim as he cried in court, CBS reports. He said:
I’m sorry for going into your house. 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.
During the sentencing, the woman brought Judge Judith Clark to tears as she told the teens that they did evil things and took away her independence. The woman did say, however, that she appreciated Miranda’s apology.
6. The teenagers pleaded guilty to several charges including robbery last year after breaking into the apartment of Doe, a resident at the gated Camelot Retirement Community in Hemet.
The woman said:
Now for the boys, I want them to look at me. 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.
Judge Clark said that she admired the victim for having experienced what she did, yet still having the courage to come and speak before the court.
7. The boys reportedly crawled through a window in the woman’s home while she was asleep, tied her up, sexually assaulted and beat her using knives and bottles, then poured two bottles of bleach over her body and down her throat.
Authorities do not typically identify juvenile suspects in criminal cases, but Hemet officials said they named Raymond Miranda to protect the public, as well as to aid in the capture of Melanson who was at large after the attack in April, CBS reports.
The police eventually tracked Melanson down at a hotel room at the Pechanga Resort and Casino and took him into custody.
Both teenagers will have to register as sex offenders for life and are unlikely to be released until they are 50 years old.
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