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Former Uber Driver Sentenced to 50+ Years in Prison After Assaulting Female Passengers

Published on Apr 27, 2021 at 10:08 am in News.

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A former Uber driver has been sentenced to more than 50 years in prison after being found guilty of 13 felonies, including three counts of rape for sexually assaulting and stealing from five women across the Central Coast of California in 2018.

Alfonso Alarcon Nunez, 40, was found guilty of all charges against him after a two-week trial in San Luis Obispo Superior Court. He’s been convicted on multiple counts of rape, assault with intent to commit rape, oral copulation, first-degree burglary, and entering a property with the intent to commit theft or another felony.

Superior Court Judge Craig Van Rooyen sentenced Alarcon Nunez to 46 years to life in prison, with an additional eight years and eight months which must be served first after jurors concluded he was guilty. According to the District Attorney’s Office, he must serve all 54 years and 8 months before being eligible for parole. Should he live long enough to be released at 94, he would need to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

At the trial, Melissa Chabra, the deputy district attorney who prosecuted the case, read impact statements from two of the five victims. The women shared their stories and discussed the impact of the trauma they experienced. Chabra alleged that Alarcon Nunez preyed on intoxicated women who either ordered a ride from Uber or were otherwise intercepted as he drove for the company. One of the statements said, “It was a night I couldn’t remember and a memory that will haunt me for the rest of my life. I don’t know if psychopaths regret it, I don’t know if selfish monsters care. I couldn’t even begin to understand someone like you. […] Maybe it’s better this way that I don’t remember.”

Following the victims’ statements, the defense attorney, Earl Conaway, Conaway made an argument to lower the terms for several of Alarcon Nunez’s convicted counts, noting the lack of criminal record prior to the relevant crimes.

In his final statement to the victims, Judge Van Rooyen said that Alarcon Nunez violated a position of trust: “You were particularly vulnerable. This is not something that you asked for, and an Uber driver is someone who is in a position of trust. It was a betrayal for the defendant to take advantage of his position.”

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