On Friday, March 28, 43-year-old Ramiro Sanchez of Detroit was sentenced to 6 to 15 years in prison for raping a girl last summer, according to news reports at Mlive.com. Sanchez allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl with Down Syndrome in Hubbard Farms. Sanchez’s attorney said that his client suffers from depression and bipolar disorder, and that years ago Sanchez suffered a brain injury. Following the rape of the victim, Sanchez was reportedly beaten by vigilantes and hospitalized for his injuries.
The defendant pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct. While Sanchez was interviewed by police shortly after the sexual assault, it was October before he was charged as authorities were waiting on the results of a DNA test. State police claim that once the rape kit evidence was collected, it was nearly three weeks before it was delivered to the forensic lab. Founder of the Clark Park Coalition Deb Sumner said that there is a disconnect somewhere, and that sitting on evidence indicated there was “something wrong” with the Detroit Police Department Sex Crimes Unit.
The victim’s parents requested that the judge in the case send Sanchez to a mental illness treatment facility. The girl’s mother said in a statement that a traditional prison sentence would not help the defendant in rehabilitating.
Sanchez allegedly raped the girl in his apartment on July 17 of 2013. Approximately three weeks later, he was beaten with a baseball bat as he was walking near Giovanna’s Lounge after a man on a bicycle was reportedly seen riding up to Sanchez on a bicycle, then asking him if he liked raping little girls. It is believed Sanchez was beaten by a total of five individuals that day.
Why did police take so long to deliver the rape kit to the forensics lab? These are the types of questions a skilled Michigan sex crime attorney would ask. Something clearly went wrong in the process, but why? Individuals who have been accused of rape or other sex crimes must have an aggressive and capable defense lawyer on their side who will challenge every detail. A conviction could ultimately result in years or even life in prison.
If you have been accused of a sex offense, do not hesitate before contacting a qualified Michigan sex crime defense lawyer.