A man was on trial for rape and I was on the jury
The man was obviously guilty of raping a ten-year-old Mexican girl. Her parents were here illegally. The childs injuries were so severe that she will never be able to have babies of her own. Her parents hesitated to call the police at first but the girl was bleeding so profusely that she was taken to a hospital where the staff called the police.
The man on trial had been using cocaine and his defence attorney had no defence. The police had done their job thoroughly and they had his DNA and some eye witnesses who had come forward.
We found him guilty of all charges, rape, assault against a minor and endangering a child.
The judge was an older man who called the rapist an animal and he was sentenced to life with parole being possible after thirty years. The man was in his late forties and he will be nearly eighty before he can even apply for parole.
I heard on the grapevine that the rapist had been beaten to a pulp by other inmates who were outraged about the crime he had committed.
I think he would have been better off had he pleaded guilty instead of going before a jury. His sentence would have been just as harsh but he would have been spared our disgust and recommendation that he be sentenced to life and never released.
We the jurors would have recommended the death penalty if we could. The girl was small for her age and she looked younger than ten. Maybe seven or eight.