Maximum sentence imposed on rapists

Calling their crimes “cruel, vicious and callous,” a judge on Wednesday imposed the maximum sentence on three of four men convicted in the 2005 gang rape and beating of a young woman on a Half Moon Bay beach.

“These were horrendous, heinous crimes. This is going to affect (the victim) for the rest of her life,” San Mateo Superior Court Judge Jonathan Karesh said before handing down sentences to Edgar Cardelas, 20, Anastasio Flores, 20, Celestino Guillermo, 23, and Gerardo

Resendiz, 19.

Karesh sentenced Cardelas to 42 years in prison for gang rape, assault likely to cause great bodily injury and threatening the 21-year-old woman. Guillermo received a 36-year sentence for gang rape, and Resendiz — who was 16 at the time of the attack but tried as an adult — received a 40-year sentence for gang rape and assault likely to cause great bodily injury. All three sentences were the maximum terms possible.

Flores did not rape the woman but was convicted of aiding and abetting the others, as well as sexual battery. Karesh sentenced him to 23 years behind bars.

Prosecutors say that on May 29, 2005, the men offered the Fremont woman a ride but instead drove to a beach at Miramontes Point on the coast where they committed the beating and rape. She suffered a bone fracture after being kicked in the face. The four defendants were convicted in June after a jury trial.

None of the men, who listened to the judge through Spanish interpreters, spoke or showed emotion.

tbarak@examiner.com

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