A man serving a life sentence for multiple rapes has been set free on appeal due to “technicalities” in the jury instruction. He now walks the streets of Albuquerque, New Mexico a free man.
The man, Anthony Samora, 49, was arrested and sentenced for a 2008 case involving Samora picking up a developmentally delayed 16-year-old boy and taking him to a desolate area near a railroad track before raping him.
Samora was a previously convicted sex offender at the time and had been wearing a GPS monitor on his ankle. That GPS confirmed the story of the sixteen-year-old victim.
According to the Albuquerque Journal, “Samora was convicted as a habitual offender in the 2008 case and sentenced in April 2014 to life in prison with the chance for parole after 30 years, plus another 18 years.”
Sgt. Amy Dudewicz of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office said, “The jury came back with an acquittal for the kidnapping charge and they were a hung jury, or mistrial basically, for the criminal sexual penetration.”
Samora has been raping boys dating back to 1992 through 2008.
Samora had already raped six other boys. Police confirmed this when they found Samora’s diary, in which he confesses to all of the rapes and describes them in graphic detail.
The detectives in the case believe that if the jurors were able to see Samora’s past record, he would still be locked away. However, for legal reasons they were not allowed to admit some of the information in his case file.
Detectives say Samora is now living in Albuquerque and is still a registered sex offender from a separate conviction.
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