Ex-police officer Michael Pena finally admitted to raping a New York City school teacher at gunpoint just three months after a hung jury failed to convict him. While the jurors convicted him of oral and anal sodomy, two jurors refused to convict him of rape because the woman couldn't recall the color of the car parked directly across the alley. The jurors argued that if she couldn't recall the color of the car, then how could she be sure she was vaginally penetrated. Really? These two jurors either don't have brains in their heads or they flat-out hate women.
He was sentenced to 75 years to life in May for his brutal attack, and his victim was satisfied. When the public heard about the hung jury, outrage blanketed the city. Two witnesses stepped forward to insure Pena was convicted of the rape on top of the sexual assault charges. In order to keep from risking an additional 75 years to life, Pena and his attorney agreed to the plea. His plea bargain adds an extra 25 years to life to his current sentence and kept his victim from having to testify against him for a second time.
Michael Pena's lawyer is ready to appeal the 75 years to life sentence. He hopes to reduce his sentence to what he thinks would be more realistic versus the astronomical sentence Pena is currently set to serve. Hopefully his appeals fall on deaf ears. The man used his department issued firearm to rape and terrorize a young woman on her way to work. There is nothing worse than the ones that are supposed to protect citizens being the ones that take advantage of them.