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SF Gate- Richmond gang-rape defendants found guilty

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It was an attack that horrified the Bay Area – the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl outside her homecoming dance at Richmond High School in which her attackers beat her unconscious and left her under a picnic table in a darkened courtyard.

On Thursday, nearly four years later, two young men were found guilty of numerous felony charges in the case, convictions that could land them in prison for the rest of their lives.

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Verdict Reached For Peters In 2009 Richmond High Gang Rape case

MARTINEZ (CBS SF) – One of two juries in a dual trial against two young men accused of taking part in the brutal 2009 gang rape of a 16-year-old girl on the Richmond High School campus has reached a verdict.

The jury for 20-year-old Pinole man Marcelles Peter reached a verdict in the trial around noon. Both he and Jose Montano, 22, of Richmond, are charged with rape in concert, oral copulation in concert and sexual penetration with a foreign object along with special allegations of inflicting great bodily injury.

Defendant Marcelles Peters, 20 From Pinole

Defendant Marcelles Peters, 20 From Pinole

Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Barbara Zuniga has sealed that verdict until Montano’s jury has reached a verdict.

If Montano’s jury doesn’t return a verdict by Thursday, the verdict for Peter will be read that afternoon, a court clerk said.

Two separate juries were deliberating at the close of a dual trial against Montano and Peter,  the first defendants to stand trial in connection with the October 2009 gang rape, in which the teen victim was raped and beaten over a more than two-hour period in a darkened courtyard at Richmond High, according to prosecutors.

The girl was left with head trauma, burns, hypothermia and a near-fatal 0.35 percent blood-alcohol level, Deputy District Attorney John Cope said.

Two other men, Manuel Ortega, 22, and Ari Morales, 19, are serving 32-year and 27-year prison terms, respectively, for their roles in the rape after reaching plea deals with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.

Two more co-defendants are awaiting trial on lesser sexual assault charges.

Earlier this year, two juries were selected for the rare dual trial against Montano and Peter. The two groups heard most testimony during the trial together, but other parts, including closing arguments, were heard separately.

Peter’s jury began deliberating late Monday morning, and Montano’s jury began deliberating late Monday afternoon.

Former Santa Clara County Prosecutor and legal analyst, Steven Clark said each jury has its challenges and may send the men to prison on charges of aiding and abetting rape, even if they never touched the victim.

http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/07/16/juries-deliberating-in-2009-richmond-high-school-gang-rape-case/

Officers describe brutal scene- Richmond High Gang Rape Trial

MARTINEZ, Calif. —

Jurors heard disturbing testimony Wednesday from police officers who were among the first to see the aftermath of a 2009 gang rape following a homecoming dance at Richmond High School.

One officer said that at first, he wasn’t even sure the victim was alive.

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KTVU: Victim’s father gives harrowing testimony in Richmond gang rape trial

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Defendant Jose Montano.

MARTINEZ, Calif.

The father of the Richmond High gang rape victim offered some gut-wrenching testimony Tuesday, describing the horrifying scene as he first saw his daughter following the brutal attack.

A news camera was allowed inside the courtroom for opening statements, but not for witness testimony.

The victim’s father was the first to take the stand in the unusual double-jury trial of two Richmond High gang rape suspects, 20-year-old Marcelles Peter and 22-year-old Jose Montano.

The father talked extensively about the scene the night in October of 2009 at Richmond High School and seeing his daughter as she was being wheeled from the scene after the horrible crime.

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