SPOKANE, Wash. - The man convicted of raping and kidnapping his former girlfriend in 2015 will spend the next 31 years in prison.
David Ramos offered no apology to his victim in court. Instead, he apologized to his family for all the grief he's caused them.
When Ramos forced his former girlfriend in the trunk of his car, he told her she would never see her son again. On Friday, she sat beside her son in court.
"David hurt me more than I imagined anyone ever could. Not only physically, but mentally," the victim said.
"He threatened to keep my son from me. And unfortunately, he will never know what it's like to have a child, and to share that bond," she added.
The victim's mother also spoke and offered forgiveness to the man who caused her family so much pain.
"The bible tells me that I must love my enemy as myself - so I will. Not because he deserves it, but because that's Jesus' command," the victim's mother said.
Ramos' family sat on the other side of the courtroom. His mother wore a shirt which read 'Free David' to the sentencing. In court, she pled her son's case to a judge.
"We can only do the best we can as parents, but I will stand behind my son. No matter what," Ramos' mom said.
She claims her son did not rape his former girlfriend, but a jury said otherwise.
When Ramos had his chance to speak, the only apology he had was for his family.
"I wish I could go back and undo all the damage I have caused all of us, but I can't," Ramos said.
It didn't go over well with judge Spokane Superior Court Judge Timothy Fennessy.
"You addressed apologies, and I may have missed it, but I didn't hear an apology to to [the victim]. And that continues to cause the court concern about where you are headed and what you will do," Judge Fennessy said, before sentencing Ramos to 31 years to life behind bars.
David Ramos will be in his 60s before he is eligible for parole. Judge Fennessy also issued a lifetime no-contact order between Ramos and his victim.
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