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Richmond Teens Sentenced to Life Imprisonment in Gang Rape Case

Posted by Seth Chazin | Aug 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

Richmond Teens Sentenced to Life Imprisonment in Gang Rape Case

Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Barbara Zuniga sentenced two teens to 29 years to life and 33 years to life for their alleged participation in a brutal gang rape of a Richmond High School girl that occurred four years ago.  The defendants had argued they were at the scene but that they didn't participate to the extent alleged and that the police coerced false confessions from the suspects and that there were no actual witnesses to their participation.  False confessions are common place, much more than people realize. To learn more about false confessions, visit:

Even assuming they in fact committed this crime, and while certainly this may warrant a significant sentence, this sentence appears to be overly harsh for young men who stand little chance of rehabilitation, or ever being released from prison.

As a Contra Costa County sex crimes Criminal Defense Attorney, I have had to deal with serious sex crimes such as these.  Using the highest quality private investigators and forensic experts is key to obtaining excellent results for your client.  Examples of Contra Costa County sex crimes case successes include:


Examples of other sex crimes cases including successes in rape and molestation cases can be found here:

A report on the sentencing of these teens can be found at:

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Seth Chazin

Seth P. Chazin has aggressively defended clients in thousands of felony and misdemeanor cases for over 30 years. He has extensive experience representing criminal defendants in federal and state court, while handling both state and federal appeals as well.


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