A California court sentenced a convicted kidnapper and rapist to 25 years to life on Thursday after a jury found him guilty of a litany of horrific crimes, as reported by CBS San Francisco.
Hassan Lee Bratcher, 39, was convicted of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman with a cognitive disability. The unidentified 33-year-old victim was also eight months pregnant at the time of the attack.
Bratcher, an ex-convict who had previously been imprisoned for drug and gun offenses, has maintained his innocence, saying “there are so many lies in this case it’s ridiculous” before receiving his sentence.
“I never did anything to her,” he said.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Rhonda Burgess, however, was having none of it, citing the Bratcher’s criminal past before dishing out the prison sentence.
“[Bratcher has practiced] violent and predatory conduct over many years and has displayed a complete disregard for the rule of law,” she said.
Additionally, Burgess noted that the kidnapper and rapist likely chose a disabled woman on purpose, specifically “because of her vulnerability.”
The brutal attack occurred on March 5, when Bratcher noticed the victim walking, alone, to church. He pretended that he knew her and offered her a ride, which she accepted. He refused to drop her off at church, instead sexually assaulting her at various locations for the next four hours, as reported by SFGate.
DNA testing proved that Bratcher was indeed her attacker, despite the convict alleging that the court allowed the victim “to make up a lot of different stories.”
[Featured Image: California Department of Justice]