A young man, who pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated attempted rape, aggravated assault, and aggravated burglary, was sentenced last week to 20 years, of which he must serve 30 percent before being eligible for parole.
Ociel Morales-Carillo, 17, has already spent over 500 days in jail, and might be released on parole in May 2015. At that point, if not sooner, he faces deportation to Mexico as an illegal alien, according to court records.
The profound effects of his crime on the victim will apparently last much longer.
"I will never be (the person) I was before," the victim told Charles Brannan of the Board of Probation and Parole whose pre-sentence report was prepared for Circuit Court Judge Robert Crigler. "This crime has affected every facet of my life. Even moving in with my parents didn't help me sleep. I wake up constantly in panic and terror. I find myself looking around everywhere I go to see if anyone is following me. I can't explain the depth of how this has hurt me or the sorrow and pain it has caused."
The victim's mother reported to Brannan that her daughter now has a bolt on her bedroom door, and sleeps locked in every night, and her younger sister has followed suit.
"Her most intimate sense of safety and refuge, that of sleeping safely, was forever taken from her by this man," the mother told Brannan.
Public records allege Morales stalked his victim for a week, broke into her apartment, and tried to rape her at knifepoint about 2:30 a.m. May 13, 2009. She struggled and bit him, forcing him to flee. The victim suffered lacerations to her neck and hand.
Morales was arrested later that day and has been in custody ever since. Public records show that he told police officers he had been in Lewisburg since November 2008, having entered the United States from Mexico the previous month. According to his affidavit of indigency, Morales worked at China Wok, earning $1,000 per month.
In a separate indictment, Morales was charged with identity theft. Sam Barnes of the Maury County Sheriff's Department, who is also the liaison with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told county officials that the number on Morales' ID was another Hispanic's resident alien number.
Also sentenced last week was Carl S. Neal, 51, of Columbia, who pleaded guilty to driving after having been declared a Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender, driving under the influence (4th offence), and violation of the implied consent law.
Crigler sentenced Neal to 11 months 29 days each on the DUI and implied consent, to run concurrently, and specified that he serve at least 120 days. Consecutive to that, Neal was sentenced to serve 30 percent of one year and six months. Crigler also ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine. Thus, Neal will be spending at least nine months in jail.