An illegal alien, Miguel C. Luna, 37, who was living illegally in Illinois, admitted to beating and raping two women along the I&M Canal State Trail near Joliet. He also admitted to doing the same to a third woman who has since died. He was arrested in 2016 and pled guilty in May. All three rapes occured after he had been released from jail and had been the subject of a detainer request from the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. 

Judge David Carlson of Will County, who sentenced Luna -- a Mexican national -- said during sentencing that he could not understand why the criminal had not been deported in 2012 when  Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued his fugitive warrant. Luna was represented by Joliet criminal defense lawyer Marzell Richardson. "Mr. Richardson," said the judge, "I don't find any mitigating factors. I found nothing mitigating about the defendant's conduct. I feel an overwhelming sorrow that our system let the victims down in this case." Turning to Luna, Carlson said, "this begs the question of why were you here to do these things? You should not have been in this country. This is not some sort of political speech."

Spero News contacted the Will County Sheriff's office to confirm whether ICE had submitted a detainer request, but no answer was received by the time of publicatiion.

Carlson told Luna. “The system let the victims down in this case.” The judge continued, saying, “You were free to do these acts...whether through misguided political correctness or people who do not believe in laws or borders.” Carlson said, “One thing I can do with the sentence is show that the laws we believe in here, maybe this won’t happen again, maybe that’s a little bit of closure.”

Carlson sentenced the confessed rapist to a maximum prison term of 80 years on Monday. Luna will receive credit for more than two years he served inside the Will County Jail since his arrest in May 2016. He will serve 85 percent of his sentence and also classified as a sexual predator should he be eventually discharged from an Illinois prison. Luna had misdemeanor traffic violations, including driving without a license, that predated the rapes he committed in 2015 and 2016.

Carlson said that details revealed by Luna in a confession to the police showed that the crimes were of the "most unspeakable for this room that has heard so much pain, so much hurt, so much loss." Saying that Luna had laid in wait for young women to assault, Carlson said that he doubted that the “horrific” acts “were just individual acts of impulse."

Addressing the court in English, Luna read a long written statement. "God bless you, your honor, God bless the victims and I want to say I'm very, very, sorry for the terrible things I've done to you all." He added, "I know that I had no excuses for my terrible actions."

"I want to open my heart like never before to you and my Lord Jesus ... about what had happened in this incident and my life."

Luna claimed that he had suffered sexual abuse at the age of four, allegedly by an older brother. He said that he had been born again as a Christian before committing the series of rapes. "I feel I am the worst person in the world and I wish I had died before I had victimized" the women. "I am the worst Christian in the church of the Lord. My life is in God's hands. I accept the legal consequences of my" actions. "I thank God that nobody will ever make me lose my faith for my love for my Lord."

Luna said that the Devil tempted him to succumb to his sexual urges to rape women jogging on the I&M Canal trail near Joliet and Rockdale. He told the court that one of his victims was  "wearing those sexy shorts and a bra. When I saw her a lot of sexual thoughts went through my mind." After praying to God for 10 to 20 seconds, Luna rode his bicycle faster and caught up to the college student. After tackling and punching her in the face, Luna tied her up and raped her  for an hour in a nearby wooded area off the trail. "I couldn't stop myself that morning even though I tried with all my heart ... Afterward, I was praying to God for the police to arrest me because I was very, very, repentant. In my heart, when I got arrested, I was very happy."

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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