A New Cassel man who prosecutors said attacked and raped a 28-year-old woman more than two years ago because “the devil got in me” was sentenced to 15 years in prison Tuesday, Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a news release.
The sentence for Jose Nuñez-Garcia, 30, handed down by acting state Supreme Court Justice Helene Gugerty, comes eight months after Nunez-Garcia was convicted of first- and third-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse for the April 17, 2014 early morning attack on a New Cassel street.
“This predator followed a young woman whom he had never met and attacked her on a residential street,” Singas said. “Thankfully, this depraved individual will be off the streets and unable to terrorize anyone else.”
Nunez-Garcia attacked the woman shortly before 5 a.m. as she walked to the home of a relative, according to testimony in the monthlong trial. He was caught by a bystander who saw the woman running away from the scene screaming for help, with Nunez-Garcia in pursuit.
Prosecutors said Nunez-Garcia told investigators in Nassau Police’s Special Victims Squad that he committed the offense because “the devil got into me” and “I lost my mind.”
Nunez-Garcia was also sentenced to 15 years of post-release supervision. His attorney, Michael Berger of the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, could not be reached for comment.