man was sentenced to 55 years in prison after being convicted for his role in
the savage gang rape 18 years ago of a Port Arthur woman who was in town for
the rodeo, prosecutors said Friday.
delayed will not be justice denied. Assistant Harris County District Attorney
Christopher Handley said. “To the perpetrators of these horrific crimes, we
will find you, we will prosecute you, and you will spend many years in prison.”
Ulises Molina, 38, was sentenced by a jury Thursday after being convicted
following a four-day trial.
It was a
Sunday night in February 2000, when the woman was car jacked at gun point,
blindfolded and driven to a field, where she was raped by four men including
leaving her in her Acura sedan, the woman’s attackers put the vehicle up on
blocks and stole her wheels and rims.
not testify in the trial and has refused to reveal the identities of the others
involved in the attack.
testified that the victim’s injuries were the worst she’d seen in more than 500
rape victims she’s attended to in her career.
gained momentum in 2013 after Molina was convicted of aggravated assault in a
road-rage incident and sentenced to five years in prison.
Department of Criminal Justice collected his DNA, as it does with all new
pushed through a database and later determined to be a match to the tune of 1
in 3.9 quadrillion, authorities said.
who returned to Houston to testify against Molina, said she had found peace
with the attack, but had advice for other victims.
important thing is the healing,” she said. “Regardless of whether they get
caught or not, heal yourself and the rest will happen as it should.”
Handley said the Sex Crimes Division of the Harris County District Attorney’s
Office is committed to delivering justice for victims and the community.
continue the unrelenting prosecution of cold cases and serial rapists,” he
said. “When we find you, you will end up like Wilber Molina.”