An Augusta County man convicted of strangling and sexually assaulting a woman is headed to prison for seven years.
A judge decided that while Carlos Ortiz-Perez committed a series of troubling crimes last November, his clean record and other redeeming qualities would land him a lighter sentence.
Family members and others testified that 39-year-old Ortiz-Perez was hard-working, dedicated to his job and providing for his kids. In light of that and because he stayed out of trouble until now, the commonwealth's attorney and the defense requested a more lenient punishment.
Ortiz-Perez was found guilty of object sexual penetration, attempted rape and strangulation back in July.
"These are crimes that the Commonwealth takes seriously. We prosecute seriously. The maximum sentence that's possible in a crime like this is a life imprisonment. I think that the sentence that was imposed by Judge Swett was a fair sentence," said Robert Boylan, Augusta County's assistant commonwealth's attorney.
Tuesday afternoon, Boylan asked for Ortiz-Perez to serve more time and the defense asked for less, so the judge ended up meeting them in the middle. Ortiz-Perez will be under supervised probation for three years once his time is up, and he will need to maintain a stable address and contact information from now on.
The probation officer may also require Ortiz-Perez to go through counseling. If he has good behavior, the probation period could end early.
He has 30 days to appeal the decision.
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