Convicted Rapist Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

Thursday, May 23, 2013  |  Updated 5:54 PM EDT
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Convicted Rapist Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

West Hartford Police

Eddie Monroig-Rosario, was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for sexually assaulting a West Hartford jogger in 2010.

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The man convicted of raping a jogger in West Hartford was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Thursday.

In October 2010, Eddie Monroig-Rosario attacked the female jogger in the front yard of a home on Fern Street. Monroig-Rosario was charged with first-degree sexual assault, unlawful restraint and second-degree strangulation.

As part of a plea deal, a judge handed down the 18-year sentence and also sentenced Monroig-Rosario to seven years of special probation when he is released.

In December, Monroig-Rosario was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a string of burglaries and his 18-year sentence on the sexual assault charges will be served at the same time.

The victim told the judge the sexual assault sentence essentially amounts to only three extra years behind bars.

"It's a slap on his wrist and a slap on my face," the victim said.

The judge and prosecutors told the victim the 18 years actually amounts to an additional 10 years more than when Monroig-Rosario could be released on parole for the burglaries.

Monroig-Rosario will also have to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison.

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