LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Authorities said a man and a woman convicted of robbing, torturing and sexually assaulting a male victim with a curling iron have been sentenced to state prison.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Superior Court Judge George Genesta sentenced defendant Anthony Manuel Alvarado, 45, to 29 years to life in state prison on Thursday.
Alvarado’s co-defendant, Jessica Joanne Contreras, 35, was sentenced to 36 years to life in state prison in December.
In October 2014, both defendants were convicted of five felonies: sexual penetration by foreign object, first-degree residential robbery, false imprisonment by violence, torture and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury.
At trial, Deputy District Attorney Lisa Coen said Sept. 8, 2012, Alvarado and Contreras lured a 28-year-old man to a West Covina hotel room.
Once inside the room, the victim was bound, beaten, robbed, Tasered and sodomized with a curling iron, the prosecutor said.
The defendants left the room after they realized the victim’s friends were looking for him at the hotel. The victim was able to flee and call police.
Evidence presented at trial included photos on Contreras’ cellphone of the victim taken during the attack.