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Bert Vasquez sentenced to 10 Years Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 August 2017 00:00

Businessman Bert Vasquez, who was accused in 2011 of forcible abduction and aggravated indecent sexual assault against a 16-year-old at the time, was sentence to 13 years in prison for the charges. He was sentenced by Judge Adolph Lucas to 10 years for the abduction and 3 for the sexual assault but will only be serving 10 years since the sentences are set to run concurrently. Vasquez’s sentence has been effective since his court date on July 28, 2017.

At trial, the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, recalled the events of the May 2011 abduction. She said that she was taken into a vehicle that was being driven by Vasquez at the time. He allegedly took her to a location in Vista Del Mar where he hit her with a pistol and caused injuries to her face before indecently assaulting her. The two struggled and she eventually managed to run out of the vehicle and find help from a woman. Vasquez denied the victim’s allegations and said that he was with his mother at the time of the alleged incident. She was called as a witness and she testified the same.

That did not stop the jury from finding him guilty after hours of deliberation. Vasquez and his attorney Oscar Selgado both waved their right to mitigate and the prosecutor read the victim’s impact statement detailing the hard time she had after the ordeal. Most of it included self harm and removing herself from her surroundings.

The judge took the impact statement into consideration and even went as far as saying that Vasquez did not show any sense of remorse. With that, Judge Lucas delivered his ruling later that day. Even after hearing the news, Vasquez denies the allegation. His attorney has expressed that they will be appealing both the conviction and the judgment and will be taking it to the highest court.

Although Vasquez is serving time behind bars, he is awaiting trial for the 2012 murder of Jasmine Lowe for which he was remanded in 2012.