Saturday, March 13, 2010

Court sentences convicted rapist to 422 year

Court sentences convicted rapist to 422 years; Judge Miles says Samoa man exhibited cruelty and callousness over years
A man convicted of repeatedly raping and abusing his step-daughters was sentenced in Humboldt County Superior Court to 422 years in state prison on Friday.
Paul Alan Jasnosz, 43, of Samoa, sat handcuffed in an orange jumpsuit, donning a white beard and glasses as Humboldt County Superior Court Judge Marilyn Miles read through the 44 felonies Jasnosz was convicted of by a jury in January. Miles said that she had read the 63-page probation report on the case and statements submitted by the two women and their mother who were the victims.
Miles said that the crimes exhibited a high degree of cruelty and callousness and had a serious and lasting impact on the victims, adding that Jasnosz had opportunities to consider his actions between the assaults. She said the sentence serves the best interest of justice and society.
”There is no question in the court's mind that the victims will be impacted by your crimes for the rest of their lives,” Miles said to Jasnosz, “and so it is that you will be held accountable for those crimes for the rest of your life.”
A jury of seven men and five woman found Jasnosz guilty of 31 counts of forcible rape, six counts of oral copulation of a minor, two counts of assault with a firearm, two counts of making criminal threats with the use of a firearm, two counts of false imprisonment with use of a firearm and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

...The case was investigated by Humboldt County Sheriff's deputies Charles Lamb, Kevin Kastler and Jamie Barney and detectives Julia Oliveira and Troy Garey and Humboldt County District Attorney investigators William Honsal and Richard Grimm. Gallegos tried the case, and Public Defender Jonathan McCrone represented Jasnosz.

Outside the courtroom, Gallegos said that the sentence Jasnosz received was profound, but appropriate for the crimes.
”He terrorized these people their whole lives,” Gallegos said.

He added that the victims' testimony in the case was vital, and represented an “immensely brave and heroic act on their part.”

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