Angel Cartegena will spend the next 20 years behind bars after being convicted for the 2002 of a woman while she walked home from a friend’s house.

During his sentencing Thursday, Racine County Circuit Court Michael Piontek said that committing rape is “one of the worst acts a human being can commit against another human being,” a story in The Journal Times reads.

In addition to the 20 years behind bars, Cartagena will also be under extended supervision for 10 years.

Cartagena was convicted in August of the 2002 attack and rape of a woman in the early morning hours of July 27, 2002 in an alley in the 1300 block of Superior Street. Investigators linked Cartagena to this incident because he was convicted in 2012 of felony animal cruelty and was required to give a DNA swab to the state.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman was walking home from a friend’s house, and she took a short cut through the alley. Cartagena was following the woman, she told police, and when he seemed about to pass her, he knocked her to the ground and raped her.

Since then, the woman has developed substance abuse issues and is currently in jail. Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Sommers told the court the woman has never been the same since the attack, the story continues.

“Her life will never be the same.” Sommers is quoted as saying. “That person is dead. He killed that person.”

Cartagena’s lawyer,Diane Caspari, though, agreed the woman has suffered, but said Cartagena isn’t the only reason for her issues, the newspaper reported. Caspari said she will file an appeal.

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