NEW ORLEANS—District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office obtained the conviction of Victor Ivan Perez Gonzalez, 32. On Monday, the defendant pled guilty to two counts of forcible rape and one count of Second-Degree Kidnapping.
Criminal District Court Judge Camille Buras sentenced the defendant, an undocumented alien from Nicaragua who has resided in the New Orleans area for more than six years, to forty-five years in prison on Wednesday afternoon. Pursuant to the terms of the plea agreement, the defendant will be deported to Nicaragua upon completing his prison sentence, which must be served without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence. As a violent offender the defendant will not be entitled to any diminution of sentence (i.e. "Good Time")
The defendant raped two Tulane University students on its uptown campus in September and October of 2008. On Monday the defendant pled guilty and was sentenced today after the Judge heard statements from the victims. In sentencing the defendant, Judge Buras commented, "Parents send their children to college with the expectation that they will be safe and free from predators such as you."
Assistant District Attorneys Robert Freeman and Stephen Collins prosecuted the case.
In response to today's proceedings, District Attorney Cannizzaro said, "I hope the victims of this defendant as well as the entire Tulane community can find closure based upon this result. My office will continue to aggressively pursue the violent criminals the murderers, rapists, and robbers who attempt to terrorize our community. I want to thank the victims and their families for assisting this office in getting a very dangerous criminal off of our streets."