This story is every parent`s nightmare. Imagine your 15-year-old daughter is walking over to a friend`s nearby home in the early evening when it is still daylight. But she never gets to her destination because of being brutally attacked by an illegal alien.
That`s the short version of what happened to Rebecca McDonald
in August 2005. She was accosted in Spotsylvania County Virginia by Jose Ramirez
while he was working on a townhouse as part of a construction crew. She ignored his rude catcalls and tried to walk on by, but he grabbed her and dragged her into the woods.
Ramirez slammed a rock against her face
several times and tried to drown her by holding her head under water in a stream. She fought back and was lucky that a local man, history teacher James Snyder, heard her screams and came to her aid. Ramirez ran off but was soon captured by police, despite his resisting arrest.
Doctors determined that Rebecca`s left eye socket had been shattered, and that the ligaments holding her eye in place had been severely damaged. She has undergone three operations, but her left eye still doesn`t rest in its proper place, and her eyesight is still impaired. Additional surgery is possible, Sullivan said.
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Rebecca also suffered a broken nose, a concussion and cuts requiring around 30 stitches on her face and the back of her head. She stayed out of school for months because of her damaged vision.
On Friday, Ramirez was sentenced to 27 years in prison
, a disappointingly light jail term considering that he could have gotten life
In addition, Ramirez had been convicted of two burglaries
in Prince William County that occurred a month before his attack on Rebecca 151 why wasn`t he in jail and then deported back to El Salvador? If he had been properly incarcerated for his previous felonies, he wouldn`t have been free to brutalize an innocent girl. Why can`t law enforcement do its job?