Man receives 16 years for Avon rape |

Man receives 16 years for Avon rape

Steve Lynn
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

AVON, Colo. ” An illegal immigrant was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison Wednesday for raping his girlfriend at knifepoint, said Eagle County Assistant District Attorney Karen Romeo.

Jorge M. Valdez, 25, was ordered to pay $4,600 in fines and will be eligible for parole after 16 years, Romeo said.

“This is definitely one of the higher sentences, as it should be, given the nature of the offense,” Romeo said.

Valdez, an illegal immigrant who had been deported, returned after hearing his girlfriend had dated other men, Romeo said.

Valdez terrorized the woman with a knife for 12 hours May 15-16, 2006, and raped her when she told him she had dated other men, Romeo said.

The woman escaped from the apartment in Avon’s West Lake Village and called police from her mother’s house, Romeo said.

“I did it so I could live,” the woman said in court in March.

A jury found Valdez guilty of sexual assaultl with a deadly weapon and menacing with a deadly weapon, both felonies, after deliberating for five hours March 21, Romeo said.

Valdez was found not guilty of false imprisonment.

The woman is trying to move on and raise her young children now that Valdez will be locked up, Romeo said.

“She’s just trying to get back to normal, if you can get back to normal after that,” she said.

If Valdez is granted parole, he would be supervised outside prison for at least 20 years, said 5th Judicial District Attorney Mark Hurlbert.

Parole would be granted only if psychologists determine Valdez does not pose a threat to society, Romeo said.