New York City Police Officer Michael Pena.
The sentence brought a rare smile to the face of the 25-year-old victim, who was outraged when the same jury that convicted Pena of sexual assault deadlocked on whether he actually raped her.
“That day was supposed to be a new beginning for me,” the nervous victim told the court in a high-pitched voice before Pena was sentenced. “My life has been shattered.”
She said Pena destroyed forever her sense of security and independence.
“This has impacted every single aspect of my life,” she said. “He used his weapon and basically destructed my life with the choice he made that day."
In a last-ditch plea for mercy, Pena — looking a bit dishevelled with his hair sticking out on the left side of his head — apologized to the victim for what he called “the incident,” saying:
“I’m deeply sorry for my conduct last August and the pain it caused."
Pena paused for a moment and then resumed speaking.
From the outset of the trial, Pena admitted attacking the woman but insisted he never penetrated her.