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Felon Faces Life In Prison For Rape of Woman During Carjacking-Robbery

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U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez

SAN JUAN – Carlos Juan Cruz-Rivera, aka “Cano Llorens,” was found guilty Thursday in federal court of all counts related to gun possession by a convicted felon and carjacking charges, according to U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez.

U.S. District Court Judge José Fusté presided over the trial in which Cruz-Rivera pleaded guilty to three counts of carjacking during the same crime on October 6, Rodríguez-Vélez said.

Cruz-Rivera faces a maximum penalty of life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for January 14, 2016.

On September 9, 2015, a federal grand jury returned a seven-count indictment charging a Cruz-Rivera with three counts of carjacking, three counts of using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, and one count possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

During the three-day trial, the U.S. government presented pictures and witness’ testimonies that narrated the criminal incidents of rape, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery that that the defendant perpetrated against the innocent victims.

“I commend the victims who came forward in order to seek justice and hope that this conviction will help them to start the healing process,” Rodríguez-Vélez said. “My office will continue to work diligently with our partners in law enforcement to track down and prosecute violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenifer Hernández-Vega, Supervisor of the Violent Crimes Unit and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Zenon.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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