[UPDATED] Gilberto Cruz Silva Gets 39 Years to Life for Raping One Prostitute and Trying to Rape a Second
Before he was sentenced, the woman he raped asked the judge to impose the maximum possible sentence, saying she has to live with the damage the sicko caused her for the rest of her life. She added that she now suffers from anxiety and panic attacks, and often has nightmares.
Now it's Silva's turn to bite the pillow.
ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 30, 2010, 6:23 P.M.: A 30-year-old Corona man was found guilty by a jury today of forcibly raping one prostitute and attempting to rape another at knife point. Gilberto Cruz Silva faces a maximum sentence of 36 years to life in state prison at his Jan. 21 sentencing in Westminster.
Besides refusing to pay the women, Sir Dreamboat got into a violent knife fight in the back of his van with the second woman, who managed to escape after he head-butted her, as the Orange County District Attorney's Office statement below reveals.
November 30, 2010
MAN CONVICTED OF FORCIBLY RAPING PROSTITUTE AND ATTEMPTING TO RAPE ANOTHER AT KNIFE-POINT
WESTMINSTER - A man was found guilty by a jury today of forcibly raping one woman and attempting to rape another at knife point after picking them up as prostitutes and refusing to pay for sex. Gilberto Cruz Silva, 30, Corona, was convicted of one felony count each of forcible rape, assault with the intent to commit rape, and criminal threats. The sentencing enhancements and allegations for the personal use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury were found true. Silva faces a maximum sentence of 36 years to life in state prison at his sentencing on Jan. 21, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. in Department W-9, West Justice Center, Westminster.
At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Sept. 20, 2009, Silva picked up prostitute Jane Doe #1 in his 1997 green Chevrolet Astro Van on Harbor Boulevard in Santa Ana. The defendant drove with the victim to a nearby mobile home park and parked in a secluded area. Silva pulled out a knife and told Jane Doe #1 he wanted to have sex but had no money. Silva then forcibly raped the victim at knife point. Jane Doe #1 was able to flee. The victim went to the hospital and the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) was contacted.
A few hours later, at approximately 4:00 a.m., Silva picked up prostitute Jane Doe #2 in his van in the same area where he picked-up Jane Doe #1. The defendant drove with the victim to the same mobile home park and parked in a secluded area. Silva pulled out a knife and demanded the victim to have sex with him, forcing Jane Doe #2 to produce her own knife in self-defense. Silva engaged in a violent knife fight with the victim in the back of his van. Silva grabbed Jane Doe#2, head-butted her, and said "I'm going to kill you." During the struggle the victim was able to escape.
Silva crashed into several parked cars while fleeing the scene. The defendant drove to his home in Corona and went to the hospital for his stab wounds sustained during the struggle with Jane Doe #2. Silva reported to local police that he was attacked by a prostitute. The SAPD was contacted.
Deputy District Attorney Robert Mestman of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.