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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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Contra Costa Jury’s Verdict—GUILTY!

pic from kgo channel 7

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A Contra Costa County jury found Marcelles Peter (20 of Pinole) and Jose Montano, (22 of Richmond) guilty in the 2009 gang rape of a 16-year-old outside her homecoming dance at Richmond High School. Montano’s jury deliberated for 11 hours. Peter’s jury deliberated for 7 hours.

Peter and Montano were found guilty of 3 felonies- Rape, Forcible oral copulation, and forcible rape, all in concert. They got a GBI (great bodily injury) enhancement. Both face 33 years to life.

During the six-week trial the juries heard from about 30 witnesses including  two men already convicted of the rape, Manuel Ortega serving a 32 year sentence and Ari Morales serving a 27 year sentence.

I’m excited this girl has once again found some sort of justice, however 2 more defendants are still awaiting trial-Richmond residents Elvis Torrentes, 25, and John Crane, 46. Torrentes is charged with sexual penetration of an intoxicated person. Crane, whose semen was found on the victim and various objects left at the scene, according to testimony, is charged with rape.

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_23687452/pinole-resident-found-guilty-richmond-high-school-gang

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/

Haunting chronology of events detailed in homecoming gang-rape case

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Ari Morales, 19, testified about his involvement in the 2009 Richmond High School gang rape case

By Fareed Abdulrahman  Posted June 24, 2013 3:42 pm

A young man previously convicted in the group rape of a 16-year-old girl four years ago testified against two other suspects on Thursday.

Ari Morales, 19, never testified during his own trial in January. His comments last week marked the first time his version of events has been recorded in court. The testimony is part of a new trial against suspects Marcelles Peter, 20, and Jose Montano, 22, both of whom were charged with rape, rape with a foreign object and forced oral copulation.

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Richmond Gang Rape Case- Victim Testifies

KTVUhttp://www.ktvu.com/news/news/crime-law/richmond-high-rape-victim-has-no-memories-attack/nYM6q/

MARTINEZ, Calif. — The victim of an alleged gang rape at Richmond High told jurors Monday she doesn’t recall the brutal 2009

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homecoming night assault and only remembers waking up with a severe headache and aching body.
The young woman, who was 16 years old the time of the attack, spoke in a soft voice and did not make eye contact with her alleged attackers in the Martinez courtroom.

She told jurors she remembered being at the homecoming dance that night, but got a headache and went outside. She denied the claims of the defendants that she drank alcohol with them.

The young woman – who stood 4-foot-11 and weighed about 95 pounds at the time of the attack — said when she regained consciousness her headache had gotten worse and her body ached from her “neck down.” She continues to have problems with her hip, the young woman told jurors.
She was expected to be on the stand at the trial of 20-year-old Marcelles Peter and 22-year-old Jose Montano at least until lunch time. The proceedings are unique in that there are two separate juries – one for each defendant — listening to the testimony.

The young woman’s father has already given gut-wrenching testimony, describing the horrifying scene as he first saw his daughter following the brutal attack.

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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. “[Her] face was distorted, ashen, gray, clammy. She appeared to me on death row. Hair was all messed up. Lots of vomit in her hair,” the father said. “[There was a] footprint on the side of her face.” The father, identified as John Doe, described seeing his daughter in the aftermath of the attack as terrifying.

“It is a horror. It’s very scary to see what I did at that point,” he said.

The case centers around who did what in the gang rape of the young woman after her homecoming dance at Richmond High.

The victim was raped repeatedly for hours by as many as 20 people. Montano and Peter were among six men charged in the crime. Two men are awaiting trial, and two others took plea deals

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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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