They sat in the front row, shoulder to shoulder, as a prosecutor read their statements about the handcuffed man in front of them and how he had ruined their lives.
All they wanted, they had written, was for a judge to put Marcos Colono away so he could never do to another person what he had done to them. The two women, raped on a Sunday evening in 2008 inside their Commonwealth Avenue apartment, had waited years for this, not a resolution or a conclusion, but a next chapter in the account of their survival.
“He destroyed everything, but I refuse to allow that to be the ending to my story,” one victim wrote. “I have come this far, six years later, to put this terrible creature behind bars.”
Judge Janet L. Sanders was apparently moved by the victims’ statements. After a lengthy trial during which Colono theatrically defended himself, Sanders sentenced the 36-year-old Colono to 50 to 60 years in prison for the rape charges, 20 to 25 years on a home invasion charge, and two to three years on assault charges.
The judge told Colono that he was “less of a man and more of the terrible creature” that the victims described.
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