A Fresno man was sentenced to 1,503 years in prison for raping his teenage daughter over a period of four years.
The 41-year-old was sentenced today to the longest known prison sentence in the history of Fresno Supreme Court.
The Associated Press did not name the man because it was able to identify his daughter. The Associated Press does not name the victims of sexual assault.
Upon announcing the sentence, Judge Edward Sarkissian Jr. told the man that he posed “a grave danger to society” and indicated that he had never expressed remorse and blamed his daughter for his predicament.
Prosecutor Nicole Galestan said that the man’s daughter was first sexually assaulted by a family friend, but instead of protecting her, he turned it into a “piece of property.”
Galestan said the victim was raped two to three times per week when the girl dared to leave him.
A jury found him guilty of 186 sexual assault crimes, including dozens of counts of rape of a minor.
The daughter, who is now 23, said when my father abused me, I was young. I had neither power nor voice. I was defenseless. ” She also told the judge that her father never showed remorse for her pain and suffering.
The man rejected two claim deals. Before the initial hearing, had he pleaded guilty, prosecutors would have recommended 13 years in prison. Offer rejected. Then, before his trial, he was sentenced to 22 years in prison if he admitted his guilt. Before the verdict was announced, Sarkissian said that he had rejected the offer, saying that he should be released from prison for the time he had already served.
“It ruined her teenage years and made her feel that it was her fault,” said Jalestan in defense of the ultimate sentence.
The ruling contrasts starkly with a recent case in Montana, where no man who raped his 12-year-old daughter has been imprisoned. Instead, the judge issued a suspended sentence of 30 years in prison after the man pleaded guilty to incest, ordered him to spend 60 days in prison, and gave him credit for the 17 days he had already spent.