Rape Victim's Friends Oppose Plea Deal

Thursday, May 23, 2013  |  Updated 7:52 AM EDT
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Rape Victim's Friends Oppose Plea Deal

West Hartford Police

Eddie Monroig-Rosario, will be sentenced today for sexually assaulting a West Hartford jogger in 2010. He has been offered a plea deal that will keep him behind bars for 18 years.

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The man accused of raping a jogger in West Hartford is expected to be sentenced today after being offered a plea deal that has outraged the victim and her friends.

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

He is expected to receive 18 years in prison, according to Stephanie Blozy, the owner of Fleet Feet Sports in West Hartford and a friend of the victim.

In December, Monroig-Rosario was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a string of burglaries and Stephanie Blozy, the owner of Fleet Feet Sports in West Hartford and a friend of the victim, said the sentences are expected to be served at the same time.

"In the end, that just means, two to three years, that he'll be serving for rape and what strikes me is the lady that was raped, her scars are really deep," Blozy said. "Something as heinous as a rape is, just to get a slap on the wrist, it doesn't seem fair." 

The victim’s friends will ask the judge to reject the plea deal in favor of a stricter sentence.

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