Man gets 40 years in sex assault, pimping case
Elizabeth Allen: Express-News
When the 28-year-old man took the stand at his sentencing Thursday to plead for leniency in the case against him, Rodolfo Ruiz used the opportunity to insist he was an innocent man.
“Why would you do a thing like that?” he asked the judge, who would determine punishment for Ruiz's June 6 conviction of the sexual assault of his girlfriend's 13-year-old sister. “There're plenty of women out there.”
Michael Ruiz pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 years in prison, and Carlos Ruiz is awaiting trial, prosecutors said.
Relatives took the stand in Ruiz's defense. Sylvia Tovar, his mother, said her son is a good provider for his children and for her.
His sister-in-law, who is married to Carlos Ruiz, also testified.