Juan Humberto Avila, 36, was sentenced to 363 years in prison after he raped a 16-year-old girl walking home from a fast-food restaurant five years ago. After hanging out with friends at an In-N-Out Burger in Santa Ana, the girl was walking home around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 21, 2008, when Avila jumped out from behind a sign, punched her several times and dragged her across the street, where he threatened to stab her to death if she screamed for help.
Behind large storage containers at the rear of a parking lot, Avila repeatedly raped the girl and forced her to perform oral sex on him over the course of more than two hours. Avila then took her bank card and ran away. The case went unsolved until December 2010, when FBI contacted Santa Ana Police to inform Avila's DNA from a federal weapons violation case in Arizona matched evidence from the rape case.
Avila was convicted of sexual penetration by one count each of a foreign object by force, dissuading a witness by threat or force, as well as two counts each of forcible rape, sodomy by force and forcible oral copulation. Sentencing enhancements for inflicting great bodily injury and kidnapping were found true.
If you, or someone you know has been charged with sexual assault, rape, sexual penetration by a foreign object, forcible oral copulation,
robbery, kidnapping, dissuading a witness by treat or force, or any other type of crime, it is essential to hire an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer who can aggressively defend the serious charges against you.