Ultra-violent thug sentenced to 10 years in attack on elderly couple 

A vicious thug straight out of the Stanley Kubrick flick “A Clockwork Orange” was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday for his part in the brutal beating of a 74-year-old man and the sexual assault of his wife during a home invasion robbery last year.

In an example of brutality that seemed to mimic a famously vile scene in the Kubrick film, 34-year-old Juan Carlos Vasquez pleaded no contest Tuesday to six felony charges including elder abuse, car theft and obtaining signatures by threat.

Vasquez and 20-year-old Isaias May Navarrete were accused of invading the couple’s home on Feb. 24, 2010. They allegedly tied up and gagged the couple, holding a knife to their throats during a horrific four-hour-long nightmare home invasion, prosecutors said.

The suspects viciously beat the husband, and Navarrete is accused of sexually assaulting the wife, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. While they were tied up, the thugs “took time to eat their food,” Wagstaffe said. They also forced the couple to sign checks that they could later cash, he said.

After allegedly ransacking the home and stealing jewelry, the suspects fled, leaving the couple bound and gagged, Wagstaffe said.

“It’s horrible,” Wagstaffe said Wednesday. “For that man and woman, they absolutely thought their lives were over.”

The couple survived the attack. Vasquez, who’d worked odd jobs for the couple before the attack, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years and 4 months in prison with 482 days credit for time already served, Wagstaffe said. Prosecutors were hoping for a 12-year sentence, but were satisfied with that Vasquez is going away for a long time, he said.

Navarrete’s case is set for jury trial on May 9. He faces life in prison, mainly due to the sexual assault allegation, Wagstaffe said.


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