OKC man who pleads no contest to rape charges sentenced to 380 years
An Oklahoma City man accused of raping two women and trying to kidnap three others has been sentenced to nearly 400 years in prison.
Sergio Soto avoided a jury trial by pleading no contest to 15 felony counts, including three counts of first-degree rape, one count of kidnapping and two counts of attempted kidnapping.
A no contest plea means a person admits no guilt for the crime, but the court can determine punishment. Prosecutors alleged Soto, 23, sexually assaulted one woman and attempted to kidnap three others on the same morning in December 2016. Prosecutors alleged Soto raped a second woman four months earlier.
At sentencing last week, Oklahoma County District Judge Timothy Henderson sentenced Soto to 51 years for each of five counts, and shorter terms on the remaining 10 counts, records show. The judge ordered Soto to serve the punishments consecutively — totaling 380 years in prison.
The case was prosecuted by assistant district attorneys Lori McConnell and Kelly Collins, who rejected a request by Soto's attorney to have his client serve 40 years for the crimes. At Friday's sentencing, prosecutors rejected a request by Soto's attorney to have his client serve 20 years.
Prosecutors sought a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Defense attorney David Slane said he thought a 20-year prison sentence "was fair."
"Obviously the judge disagreed," Slane said.
One of the women was jogging around Myriad Gardens about 7 a.m. when a man exited a car with a shotgun told her to get in the car, police reported in a court affidavit. The woman refused.
In separate incidents over the next 20 minutes, two women told police they were approached by a man of a similar description. He fled when one of the women ignored him and the other screamed. About 8 a.m., a fourth woman told police a man threatened her with a gun, got into the back of her car and made her drive to an area behind a restaurant where he assaulted her.