By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Tuesday for sexually assaulting and burglarizing a Texas Tech student back in March of 2009.
Last June, 21-year-old Kevin Price pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting and burglarizing the 24-year old victim at a home in the 200 block of Homestead. Tuesday, the victim and her family watched as Price, just one of the men responsible for raping her, was sentenced to 30 years in prison - not the life sentence the rape victim will have to live herself from the brutal sexual assault.
The victim took the stand Monday, having to re-experience the brutal assault where she was raped by two suspects, but the most chilling part of the hearing was the 9-1-1 call she made right after the assault.
The room was completely silent while her terrified screams and cries echoed in the courtroom as the recorded emergency call played. The defendant could do nothing but stare at the floor and shake his head knowing the pain he caused the victim.
"(The) effects can be long term and a lot of that is having difficulty sleeping, nightmares, flash backs, re-experiencing the trauma over and over again, either thinking about it or feeling like it's happening again," said Rape Crisis Center Counselor Christina Sapien who attended the sentencing.
Price broke out in sobs as his sentence was read, truly remorseful for his actions. In an apology his attorney read, he told the family there were no words to describe how sorry he was. During his testimony he broke down saying he had two daughters of his own and would never want that for them or even his worst enemy. He even stated he would drink just to forget the assault and contemplated killing himself several times because of the damage he caused to the victim and her family.
"I think there's some closure, however I still feel that the effects will still continue throughout the survivor's life, and like you saw today it doesn't just effect the survivor but there's a multitude of people that experience the same emotions," said Sapien.
While on the stand the victim's mother told how terrified her daughter still becomes when left alone and that she relives the assault every day of her life. That's why Sapien says it takes an extremely brave person to come forward and face their attacker.
"I think that fear and anxiety and sadness and what questions are going to be asked is overwhelming. I feel like survivors that I have worked with have been some of the most courageous individuals to be able to stand in front of strangers and share their story," said Sapien.
Price was the only one of five suspects who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and burglary to a habitation. The other four await trial.
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