FAIRFIELD — “I am a survivor and glory be to God.”
The Vacaville girl who in 2010 was awakened in her home by a knife being thrust into her back and who was then raped, sodomized, repeatedly sexually assaulted and who was stabbed 41 more times spoke at the Monday sentencing of her 17-year-old attacker.
“I refuse to be silent about sexual assault. . . . I am here for the countless survivors that never had a chance to be heard,” the girl, now 16, said as Alexander Cervantes sat shackled nearby, turned away and buried his chin his chest.
Cervantes, then 14, broke into the girl’s home on the night of Dec. 11, 2010. In addition to attacking the girl, then 13, Cervantes stabbed her 1-year-old brother 13 times.
Judge Harry S. Kinnicutt sentenced Cervantes to 68 years to life in prison.
Prosecutor Terry Ray pointed out that the current life expectancy for someone like Cervantes was 81 years, so that his becoming eligible for parole in his early 70s was reasonable.
Ray’s observation came after Cervantes gave a brief statement. In a choppy monotone, Cervantes apologized to the girl and her family. He said he was “truly and honestly sorry” and promised to never again get near drugs or alcohol.
Cervantes drank heavily at a party on the night of the attack. He also claims to have used psilocybin mushrooms before breaking into the girl’s home. Cervantes passed out after the attack, enabling the girl to sneak out of the house with her baby brother.
Police found Cervantes unconscious on the bloody bedding on which he committed his horrific crimes.
Cervantes was prosecuted as an adult. A jury in 2012 found him guilty of 15 felony charges that included premeditated attempted murder, aggravated mayhem, torture, assault, rape and several sexual assault offenses.
Lawyers with a large international law firm took over the case from the Solano County Public Defender’s Office on the day Cervantes was originally scheduled to be sentenced. They tried for nearly a year to get a new trial for their young client, but ultimately failed.
Cervantes’ lawyers, who lobbied for a sentence of 25 years to life, had a psychiatrist, a juvenile worker and a minister talk about how much Cervantes has changed since the attack.
After the sentencing, Cervantes’ attorneys met briefly with his family members outside the courtroom and talked about their plans to appeal the case.
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