Man proclaims innocence at sentencing for attempted murder and rape charges
A Philadelphia man told a judge that he was innocent of all charges before being sentenced to to 22.5 to 45 years in prison for the rape of his former girlfriend and for stabbing her male friend nine times.
A Philadelphia man told a judge on Thursday that he was innocent of all charges before being sentenced to to 22 and a half to 45 years in prison for the rape of his former girlfriend and for stabbing her male friend nine times.
Ildelfonso Cruz, 40, was arrested in April 2011 for the violent outburst, which occurred when Cruz discovered his former girlfriend, whom he had previously physically abused, was moving out of the former home they shared on Argyle Street in Kensington with the aid of a male friend.
When Cruz discovered the two, he attacked the male, stabbing him in the back seven times and twice in the shoulder, then kidnapped his girlfriend and brought her to a home near Front Street and Indiana Avenue, where he held her captive for 12 hours, raped her, and repeatedly beat her, according to prosecutor Branwen McNabb.
The male victim survived the stabbing and brought himself to a hospital where he was treated.
Cruz was arrested after being identified by his victims.
"The defendant showed a complete and utter lack of remorse, even post-conviction," McNabb said at sentencing.
McNabb noted that in a prison phone call, Cruz told a friend to talk to his former girlfriend, telling him, "Something needs to happen." McNabb said this may have constituted witness intimidation.
But defense attorney Trevan Borum pointed out that the transcript also includes Cruz saying, "I want you to convince her to come and visit me ... I can take a picture with her."
Cruz, who is diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schiozphrenia and has previously been arrested 23 times, told Judge Paula Patrick that he is innocent before he was sentenced.
In a quiet mumble, Cruz said that his trial was tainted by "the lack of actual evidence ... witnesses with conflicting testimonies ... the victim can't ID his attacker."
"In a nutshell, I'm just asking for forgiveness, because I'm anxious to see my family. I've been in prison for two years and three months for a crime I did not commit," he said.