Rapist cuts deal in Souty City police attack

A convicted rapist and three-strikes candidate who attacked two South San Francisco police officers last year accepted a plea agreement Monday that will drastically reduce his time behind bars.

Julio Maurico Bolanos, 47, will face a maximum of six years in state prison when he is sentenced Nov. 22. Bolanos, who has prior felony rape and assault convictions from 1982 and 1985, had faced a mandatory 25 years to life in prison for two counts of battery on a police officer.

Because the previous offenses were more than a decade old and Bolanos showed no recent pattern of violence, prosecutors dropped one of his “strikes” and a variety of misdemeanors in exchange for a no-contest plea to battering the officers, said Bolanos’ attorney, public defender Michael DeVoy.

Bolanos may also have to pay up to $10,000 in restitution and faces possible deportation back to his native Central America.

Prosecutors say the Aug. 31, 2006, attack occurred after officers Chris Devan and Christine Wesselius asked the unemployed laborer, who was loitering in front of a Grand Avenue Starbucks in South San Francisco, to move along.

Bolanos then shouted obscenities and charged the officers, knocking Devan to the pavement and causing a concussion, prosecutors said. Wesselius’ hand was injured in the scuffle before Bolanos was subdued with pepper spray. Bolanos later explained his actions by saying that no one tells him what to do, according to prosecutors.

Both officers have since recovered from their injuries. On Monday, Devan said he accepts that plea bargains are facts of life.

“Of course I’d like to see the maximum sentence, especially for a violent individual, but I completely understand what [the District Attorney’s Office] did and why they did it,” he said. “I don’t take it personally. They’ve got a job to do and there are overcrowded jails.”

tbarak@examiner.com

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