• Man admits to raping woman, receives 4 years in prison


    CHARLOTTE - A man admitted he tried to rape a woman in southeast Charlotte while she was trying to walk home.

    A judge sentenced Christian Pinzon-Reyes to four years in prison on Wednesday. He will be deported after he finishes his time in prison.

    Pinzon’s attorney told the judge his client was sorry for what happened.

    The victim of that attack told Channel 9 she was traumatized by the attack and not happy with the plea deal. She was not in court Wednesday, but prosecutors said the evidence in the case was not as strong as they would have liked and that taking the case to trial could have been risky.

    “There were a number of factual issues with the case that we could see a jury perhaps not returning a verdict of guilty. So we took the plea deal to make sure that this defendant was sent to prison, and that he should be deported after doing time in prison,” said prosecutor Bruce Lillie.

    Eyewitness News did reach the victim after the plea was done. She said she could not get away from work to attend the hearing.

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