Felipe DeJesus Blanco, 33, of Plano, was sentenced to 70 years in prison for aggravated sexual assault, announced Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis.
Blanco, who had prior misdemeanors for resisting arrest and assault, brutally strangled and zip-tied his victim before sexually assaulting her on April 29, 2014. After strangling the victim until she blacked out, Blanco tied her up and repeatedly abused her until she was broken and bleeding.
The victim arrived at Parkland hospital in the early morning hours of April 30, 2014, for treatment. Doctors obtained evidence from the victim, which tied Blanco to the sexual assault through DNA. When Plano officers arrived at Blanco's residence to search for evidence, they found him in his closed garage, with the car running, attempting to commit suicide.
Blanco told police that he bought multiple items for the victim. He believed the victim owed him something for his gifts. Blanco said the victim's consent was, "half and half."
The jury found Blanco guilty of aggravated sexual assault and assessed his sentence at 70 years in prison.
Assistant Criminal District Attorneys Ashley Briggs and Chris Fredericks prosecuted the case and were assisted by District Attorney Investigator Kim Pickrell. The case was investigated by Plano Officer Patricia McClure and Detectives James Phelan and Chris Jones. Judge Angela Tucker presided.