NBCPhiladelphia.com - Claudia Rivero, Ray Casalena
Jose Carrasquillo was sentenced for the rape of an 11-year-old girl. The victim's family was delighted by that Carrasquillo was going away for 30 to 66 years.
The Philadelphia man who was hunted down and beaten by a vigilante mob for raping an 11-year-old girl on her way to school in June 2009 tried to withdraw his guilty plea on sentencing day but he was sentenced to a long prison term any way.
Jose Carrasquillo was sentenced to 30 to 66 years in prison for raping the young girl.
On the stand Tuesday, Carrasquillo called himself the Anti-Christ and said, "You'll know I'm telling the truth if you give me a polyester-graph."
Family and friends of the 11-year-old rape victim burst out in anger and anguish in the courtroom Tuesday afternoon after hearing Carrasquillo’s attempt at legal back peddling.
After the sentencing the victim's family emerged.
"We got him," the victim's father Clifford Reynolds said.
"Justice has prevailed today and we got one off the street," said Reynolds.
According to police, Carrasquillo followed the 11-year-old girl after she dropped off her little sister at daycare and was heading to school. Carrasquillo forced the girl at gunpoint into an alley and raped her so violently that she had to undergo surgery after the attack, police said.
An angry throng of Kensington residents found 26-year-old Carrasquillo before police did in June 2009, beating him until authorities arrived.
DNA test results from the rape came back a positive match to Carrasquillo. He also had groped a 16-year-old on her way to school just an hour before the brutal rape, police said.
In August Carrasquillo pleaded guilty to aggravated assault, rape, involuntary sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, aggravated indecent assault, unlawful restraint, interference with custody of a child, and ethnic intimidation in regard to the rape of the 11-year-old girl.
The judge denied Carrasquillo's withdrawal of plea and proceeded with the sentence.
The sentence gives closure and security to the victim and her family.
"You'll never have to worry about walking, turning the corner and he's standing there," Reynolds said.
The little girl is going through therapy and getting better day by day, her family said.
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