Convicted Rapist Has 27-Year Sentence Reduced By a Decade

Superior Court judge re-sentenced Eric Clemente Rangel to 17 years, but he must serve more than 14 years before parole eligibility.

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The prison sentence of a man convicted of beating and raping a teenager in Parsippany six years ago was re-drawn last Friday by a judge in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown, the Daily Record reported. 

Under a reduction made necessary by an April 2013 decision by the state's highest court, the sentence of undocumented immigrant Eric Clemente Rangel, who now calls himself Hugo Olivares, will drop from 27 years to 17 years in prison, the article said. Upon completion of 85 percent of his sentence—roughly 14 and a half years—he will be eligible for parole. When paroled, he immediately will be deported to his home country.

In 2009, Rangel was found guilty of sexually assaulting and beating an 18-year-old woman on North Beverwyck Road in Lake Hiawatha in the early morning hours of April 22, 2007. Then, last April, the New Jersey Supreme Court tossed out two of Rangel's most serious guilty verdicts, aggravated sexual assault and attempted aggravated sexual assault. That left charges of second-degree sexual assault, second-degree aggravated assault and fourth-degree obstruction, the article continued.


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