A California judge sentenced two cold-blooded teens to 30 years in prison for the torture and rape of an 87-year-old elderly woman.
In April of 2014, an 87-year-old woman was asleep in her apartment at Camelot Retirement Community on West Oakland Avenue when she was awakened by two teens, Raymond Miranda, 15, and Ruben Melanson, 16, who broke into her apartment.
They immediately began torturing her: pouring bleach over her body and down her throat, which could have led to chemical damage. Miranda and Melanson also tied the elderly woman up before they beat and raped her.
The two cold-blooded teens were arrested and convicted of “burglary, elder abuse with great bodily harm, and sexual penetration with a foreign object by force and rape,” according to New York Daily News.
The attack left the woman in a medically-induced coma and confined to a wheelchair.
A concerned citizen named Janet was stunned after learning about the attack. She stated as follows.
“Everybody just became absolutely outraged with the severity of the attack. She has bleach in her lungs, her eyes, just horrible. She’s in a medically-induced coma.”
Before the attack, police officials believe the two teens had vandalized several vehicles in the community a day earlier.
Bill White, a resident of the community, stated as follows.
“One of the cars … the VW … things were torn out of it, I understand. The wiring was loose. They jammed a screwdriver in the ignition switch. I think it’s a random event.”
“What is the sense in that? Are they just nasty?” resident Sandy Bailey added. “We thought this was going to be really safe because it’s all gated.”
Prosecutor Sean Crandell from the Riverside District Attorney’s Office stated that he has been a “DA now for almost 17 years — this is one of the worst cases that I’ve worked on in my career.”
During their sentencing at Riverside County court, one of the teens began to cry and apologized to the victim who was also present at the sentencing. He stated as follows.
“I’m sorry for going into your house. I don’t expect you to forgive me. But I apologize for going to your house. I’m sorry. I truly am. I don’t expect you to forgive me.”
The 87-year-old woman responded with the following.
“Now for the boys, I want them to look at me. I appreciate your apology. I want you to look at me and remember me because when you broke into my apartment in April, you terrorized me and also, you took away my independence. You did evil things.”
Until the two California teens reach the age of 18, they will be detained at a juvenile facility. Afterward, both Miranda and Melanson will be extradited to a prison.
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