Sunday, February 1, 2009

"Bad Samaritan" gets 24 years in California freeway rape case

A man who raped a California woman after she crashed into a median of a freeway in south Orange County, CA will spend the next 24 years in prison. Alejandro Martinez Leyva of San Juan Capistrano was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty for the attack which occured December 8, 2007.

The victim, a San Diego County woman who was 24 at the time, was driving southbound in the rain near the Junipero Serra Road offramp about 1:30 a.m. when she swerved to avoid hitting another vehicle, crashed into the center divider and pulled onto the shoulder of the freeway.
As she called for help on her cellphone, Leyva pulled up in front of her car, authorities said. Before she was able to call 911, he knocked on her window, grabbed her cellphone and threw it out of reach.

Overpowering the woman, authorities said, Leyva dragged her near the passenger side door where he assaulted her before pushing her back into the car and raping her.
Police said Leyva took down her cellphone number and called her over 20 times.

Levya officially pleaded to a single count of forcible rape, a count of assault with intent to committ a sexual offense, a count of dissuading a witmness, and 2 counts of sexual penetration by force. His sentence was enhanced because he kidnapped the woman to committ a sex offense.

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