A 20 year old man who raped a dying teenager then joked with his friends about it has been jailed for just 34 months.
Brian Varela, pleaded guilty to 2nd Degree Manslaughter, 3rd Degree Rape, and Unlawful Disposal of Remains. He confessed to raping 18-year-old Alyssa Noceda last February while she overdosed on drugs in his bedroom. He did nothing to help her but went ahead to take photos of her naked body and sent to his friends, mocking her as she lay there dying.
He then tried to cover up Noceda’s death by disposing of her body, but police caught him first. Varela said in court:
“I’m sorry for my foolish actions. Whatever I get is what I deserve.”
The girl’s family demanded the death sentence but the court judge had her hands tied by state laws when it came to sentencing. Varela could be out of prison in under two years for good behaviour and time spent.
The girl’s mother called the sentence a “joke” and even the judge complained the state mandated sentence was “inadequate”.
The judge acknowledged that she felt unhappy with the sentence. She told Varela:
I do find the available sentence to be really inadequate.