Victor Peña, the man convicted last week of kidnapping and raping a woman he held captive in his Boston apartment for three days, is due to be sentenced on Monday.
A jury in Suffolk Superior Court returned the verdict last Tuesday, convicting him on all 10 counts of aggravated rape and one of kidnapping after deliberating for about two hours.
Peña faces up to 10 years in prison for kidnapping and life in prison for each of the aggravated rape counts he was convicted of.
His sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday.
The victim in the case told the jury she remembered waking up naked in an unfamiliar apartment after going out in Boston the night before and then being sexually assaulted on several occasions.
A woman has given chilling testimony in the trial against Victor Pena, accused of kidnapping, raping and detaining her for three days in 2019.
Peña, 42, had testified in his defense shortly before the trial closed, a surprise twist after refusing to take the stand earlier in the case. It was the only part of the trial when he was present in the courtroom – he watched the rest of the proceedings, including the reading of the verdict, from another room after shouting loudly at the start of the process.
He testified that the woman approached him and insisted on accompanying him home. What prosecutors described as three days of hell for the woman at the man’s Charlestown apartment, he said, was consensual and called the victim an angel.
“We don’t know exactly what was on his mind, obviously, but he definitely saw an opportunity to take advantage of someone and took it,” Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum said after the end of the hearing.
For the first time, the jury saw the moment Victor Pena met the woman police say kidnapped and sexually assaulted. An acquaintance of Pena also spoke out on Tuesday, testifying that he tried to arrest her just before the alleged kidnapping.
The woman, whom NBC10 Boston is not naming because she is the alleged victim of a sexual assault, was abducted after leaving Hennessy’s, a bar near Faneuil Hall. She was later seen on surveillance video in Charlestown, where she was eventually found by police in an apartment complex.
She was not in court on Tuesday, although she could still make a victim impact statement at sentencing.
“She was brave, she spoke well, and she gave the jury the evidence they needed to win this conviction,” District Attorney Kevin Hayden said.
Victor Pena, 42, of Charlestown, is charged with one count of kidnapping and 10 counts of aggravated rape. Opening arguments began around 2 p.m. Monday after a week of jury selection.
Earlier, as the attorneys presented their closing arguments, the defense had asked the jury to find Peña not guilty by lack of criminal responsibility, “due to mental retardation.” Later, the prosecution argued that Peña knew what he was doing, calling him unusual and twisted, but not crazy in a legal sense.