A Will County judge sentenced a man who admitted beating and raping two women along the I&M Canal State Trail near Joliet to 80 years in prison Monday.
Judge David Carlson handed down the maximum sentence for Miguel C. Luna, 37, of Joliet. Luna is in the country illegally and was ordered deported by immigration authorities in 2012, Carlson said.
“You should not have been in this country,” Carlson told Luna. “The system let the victims down in this case.”
One of the women Luna admitted raping applauded when Carlson handed down the sentence.
Luna pleaded guilty in May to beating and sexually assaulting two women who were running on the trail near Rockdale and Channahon in 2015 and 2016. Luna confessed to raping a third woman who has since died. Prosecutors played in court a videotaped interview the third woman gave to investigators when Luna was arrested in May, 2016.
Prosecutors presented evidence that the early-morning attacks on women were premeditated. In a videotaped confession played in court, Luna admitted wearing surgical gloves, concealing his face and using a shirt to wipe blood off a victim’s arm to remove fingerprints.
“He did not want to be caught,” Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Fillipitch told Carlson when asking for the maximum sentence. “If anything, he’d become a more clever and crafty sexual predator if given the opportunity to do so.”
Luna faced 16 to 40 years on each of the two felony criminal sexual assault counts. Carlson ordered that Luna serve the sentences consecutively, serve at least 85 percent of the sentences and register as a sex offender if he is ever released from prison.
A Will County probation department officer on Monday resolved Carlson’s questions about Luna’s identity by explaining how the department corroborated various aliases Luna said he used.
Prior to being sentenced, Luna read to Carlson a statement in which he said he was traumatized by repeated childhood sexual abuse by family members.
“I realize now I needed professional help,” Luna said, adding that his family was poor. “I never had the means and now it’s too late because I’m facing a life sentence.”
Luna said he was “very sorry for the terrible things I’ve done” to the women he attacked.
“I realize I have destroyed their beautiful lives with my horrible actions,” he said.
Carlson said the “horrific” abuse that Luna said he suffered as a child does not excuse his actions as an adult.
“Nothing gives you the right to impart that hurt, that pain, that damage to anybody else,” Carlson said.
Carlson said he was disgusted by the “chilling” details of the attacks that each lasted about 90 minutes.
“The terror went on and on for these women,” Fillipitch said.
Carlson said he did not understand why Luna wasn’t deported in 2012 when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a fugitive warrant for his arrest.
“You were free to do these acts … whether through misguided political correctness or people who do not believe in laws or borders,” Carlson told Luna. “One thing I can do with the sentence is show that the laws we believe in here, maybe this won’t happen again, maybe that’s a little bit of closure.”