Jose Luis Ledezma, OC Pedophile, Unhappy With Punishment After Raping 6-Year-Old Girl

Ledezma: More than eyed a 6-year-old
Forget for a brief moment what he did to a little girl, Jose Luis Ledezma believes he's been terribly wronged by Orange County's criminal justice system.

Yes, Ledezma freely admitted that in August 2008 he raped, sodomized and got forced oral copulation from a 6-year-old girl when he was 20 years old.

But he thinks that he should have been allowed to plead guilty and then have some time--a few weeks or months?--to contemplate the consequences and then change his mind.

Though he acknowledged in open court what he'd done, Ledezma believes he was rushed into pleading guilty and didn't have adequate time to think about the consequences.

"I had no priors or any crime history," he told a panel of California Court of Appeal justices in Santa Ana. "I always follow the rules."

The prosecutor wanted Ledezma to serve a 50 years to life sentence, but Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Goethals gave him a term of 25 years to life because he pleaded guilty prior to a jury trial.

After he pleaded guilty and got sentenced, he changed his mind.

Might get out of prison in 2036
"It was too much time [in prison]" he wrote to the appellate justices.

But Justice Kathleen O'Leary opined that Ledezma should feel lucky. He faced a potential prison term of 75 years to life.

"Based on Ledezma's admission of guilt, which allowed the victim to avoid testifying at trial, the court imposed a significantly reduced sentenced," O'Leary wrote in her opinion. "There is nothing in the record to suggest this sentence was either inappropriate or illegal."

Case closed.

--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly

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