Las Cruces convicted rapist sentenced to 7 months in jail

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Las Cruces man convicted of raping a family member has been sentenced to seven months in jail, announced the Doña Ana County District Attorney's Office Wednesday.

Mario Lopez, 61, was sentenced Wednesday for the Dec. 2015 rape, despite Lopez's victim and the prosecutor asking District Judge Fernando Macias for the maximum sentence of three years, said the District Attorney's Office.

A Las Cruces jury convicted Lopez of third-degree criminal sexual penetration on Oct. 6, 2016.

Judge Macias sentenced Lopez to 212 days - which Lopez has already served - followed by 29 months of probation.

Lopez will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

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