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Forum News Service, Published October 03 2013

Life sentence upheld in sexual assault case

WILLMAR, Minn. - The state Supreme Court has upheld the life prison sentence of a Willmar man convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Jose Santoya Juarez, 54, was convicted and sentenced in 2011 for sexually assaulting a woman in July 2010 in an alley near the Willmar Eagles Club.

The Supreme Court ruling, issued Tuesday, found that a life sentence for aggravated criminal sexual conduct is not cruel or unusual punishment and that the sentence does not violate the U.S. or state constitutions. The court said Juarez’s action of removing his victim more than 200 feet to assault her did meet the “heinous element” required by state law in such cases. Finally, the court ruled that the District Court did not err in the case.

According to the state Department of Corrections website, Juarez is serving his sentence at the Minnesota Correctional Facility at Rush City.