The four people who took their case to trial in the kidnapping and torturing of two University of Rochester students in December 2015 have been sentenced.
David Alcaraz-Ubiles, Ruth Lora, Inalia Rolldan, and Lydell Strickland were convicted of holding the students against their will for nearly two days. One of the victims was shot in the leg before both were rescued by a SWAT team.
All four suspects were found guilty of a range of charges, from kidnapping to assault and weapons charges.
The prosecution asked for the maximum sentence for Lora and Rolldan, saying while they did not participate in the violent acts, their inaction allowed the torture to happen.
Lora apologized to the victims and their families, saying she was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Both Lora and Rolldan were sentenced to 7 years in prison, with 5 years post-release supervision. All sentences will run concurrently.
Rolldan’s lawyer released a statement saying that Rolldan maintains her innocence, and intends to appeal the court’s decision.
Alcaraz-Ubiles – who is serving 15 years for an unrelated charge of attempting to escape the Monroe County Jail – was sentenced to 15 years in prison with 5 years post-release supervision, to be served after his current sentence.
Strickland is a second violent felony offender. The prosecution asked for the maximum sentencing, as well as a fine for withdrawing money from the victims’ accounts.
The defense said Strickland maintains his innocence and intends to appeal. They also said the fine – $7000 – is excessive, and he has no means to pay it at this time.
Strickland was sentenced to 155 years in prison in total for all his charges. Some of the sentences will run concurrently, and some will run consecutively.
“There’s no question in my mind that you were the principal actor here,” said Judge Renzi to Strickland.
The other five suspects in the case accepted plea deals earlier this year. Dennis Perez and Elliot Rivera will go to jail for the next 35 years, while Leah Gigliotti will spend the next 13 years behind bars and Samantha Hughes will see 15.