NEW YORK — A former New York City police officer who admitted raping a schoolteacher has been sentenced to 10 years to life in prison, but he's fighting a far longer sentence from a related conviction.
Michael Pena was sentenced Monday on the rape charges. He admitted last month he grabbed the teacher off a street in August and forced himself on her.
Pena initially fought the charges. A jury convicted him of some top-level sex crimes but deadlocked on the rape charges.
A Manhattan judge sentenced Pena in May to 75 years to life on that conviction. Pena is appealing that sentence.
Monday's sentence overlaps with the 75-year term. The judge said he agreed to Pena's plea deal only to spare the woman the ordeal of a second trial after the deadlock.
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