In reference to "Man sentenced in uncle's slaying" [News, June 2], I was heartbroken to read this incredibly sad and disturbing story. I am grateful, however, that 20-year-old Mario D. Cruz was sentenced to only 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison as a youthful offender.

In my mind, young Cruz had already served a long and horrifying "prison" sentence starting from age 11, when his uncle began sexually abusing him, and possibly other children, in their native Guatemala. The abuse continued when Omar De Jesus Perez Sanchez followed his nephew to the United States in 2012.

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While the 24-year-old uncle was trying to rape Cruz, the younger man took hold of the knife from his uncle and stabbed him repeatedly, killing him and ending the abuse once and for all.

Try to imagine the state of mind Cruz was in, feeling desperate and terrified. I believe he has more than served his time in prison. He's served his time in hell.

Gail Ritter, Plainview