Ex-NYC police gets 75 years for sex attack
A former police officer who grabbed a schoolteacher off the street and sexually attacked her was sentenced on Monday to at least three quarters of a century in prison after being convicted of high-level sex charges, though a jury couldn't decide whether he was guilty of rape.
fter staying silent during his trial, Michael Pena apologised to the victim and said he deserved to be punished, though his lawyer later said Pena was shocked at getting 75 years to life, the maximum possible sentence for his conviction.
"If I could go back in time, to the day of this incident, and somehow grab myself by the shoulder. ... I have no explanation for what happened that day," Pena said softly, his remarks punctuated by long silences. "I will just have that guilt for the rest of my life."
Capping a trial that portrayed a hideous, sudden assault by an off-duty officer, the judge excoriated Pena as an embarrassment to police, while the woman said the attack - on her way to her first day of work at a new job - had destroyed her life.
Published May 8 2012