A Williams man will spend the next two decades in state prison for raping a child under the age of 14.
Colusa County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Thompson sentenced Ebed Mendoza Cruz, 48, to four consecutive 10 year terms on Jan 20.
Cruz, who is expected to spend the next 23 years in prison, apologized to court through his private attorney, Ruben T. Munoz, for destroying his family and that he hoped the victim can move forward.
Cruz was arrested by the Williams Police Department on June 2, on charges that he forcibly kidnapped and raped a child under the age of 10.
Colusa County Chief Deputy District Attorney Brendan Farrell, who prosecuted the case, called the crime beyond imaginable.
Thompson said Cruz inflicted severe physical and emotional harm on his young victim, and that the crime showed sophistication in that Cruz separated and transported the child away from her family on multiple occasions for the purpose of raping her.
Cruz has been in custody at the Colusa County Jail since his arrest, and will be transferred to state prison.
He will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, Farrell said. ♣