Spring Valley Man Sentenced on Rape Charges

A Spring Valley man was sentenced before a state Supreme Court Judge on Wednesday after he was arrested for raping his wife and stapling her skin on June 30. 23-year old Mario Montufar-Tez was accused of beating his wife after he found text messages from another man on her cellphone. According to prosecutor John MicGowan, Montufar-Tez was residing in the U.S. illegally and was originally from Guatemala. Prosecutors sought eighteen years in state prison, though Justice William Kelly ruled seven years in prison with ten years of supervision after release and possible deportation. The Spring Valley man was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sex act, first-degree aggravated sexual abuse, two counts of secon-degree assault, counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree assault, and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. According to a letter from his wife provided in court, the abuse began years ago when she was pregnant. District Attorney Thomas Zugibe stated that Montufar-Tez deserves a much harsher punishment for the “brutal, vicious attack.”

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