Ex-NYPD officer sentenced after admitting rape

Michael Pena was sentenced Monday on the rape charges


The Associated Press

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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