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Man sentenced for gang rape in Dededo park

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He was the first to plead guilty and cooperate with the government and because of this, was shown mercy in the Superior Court of Guam today. Jose White Longa was sentenced for the Lencho Park gang rape back in January 2014.

"I want to say I apologize for what I've done," Longa stated. "I will serve the ten years in prison." That apology came as he was one of three men convicted in connection to the Dededo gang rape.

Back in January 2014, the 24-year-old victim was walking home from a friend's house when she was sexually assaulted by three men: Longa, Minorichy Rugante, and Francis Madeus. The victim told police an empty bottle was shoved down her mouth to muffle her screams and that the men took turns raping her.

While Rugante and Madeus opted to leave their fate in the hands of a jury, Longa pleaded guilty to the charges immediately and testified against them. He admitted that he and his two co-defendants were drinking vodka in the park. When the woman walked by hours later, they took turns punching her in the face and upper body before pinning her to the ground and sexually assaulting her. Longa's cooperation with the government was taken into consideration during his sentencing today.

Chief prosecutor Basil O'Mallan said, "The people do recognize that Mr. Longa did a very good job at testifying. His testimony in the trial of his codefendants of this case Minorichy Rugante and Frances Madeus I believe was instrumental in getting convictions against those two perpetrators of this terrible crime."

Because of this, both prosecutors and defense requested Longa be sentenced the minimum ten years behind bars. The court ordered that sentence today.

Meanwhile, his co-defendants Rugante and Madeus were both convicted by a superior court jury and are slated for sentencing later this month.

In addition to serving ten direct years at the Department of Corrections, Longa must also register as a Level Sex Offender.

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