KTLA in Los Angeles is reporting on the sentencing of the "slasher" dubbed the "Box Cutter," Charles Juan Proctor. Here is the story, and I think we can all be grateful for the outcome:
Two of the victims fought back during the attacks and suffered slash wounds to their throats. One of the women, Saida Uriarte, says she is still haunted by what happened to her. 'Every time I look into the mirror I am reminded of this awful event,' Uriarte said in her victim's impact statement read Monday by Deputy District Attorney Carol Rose.
The other victim, Jennifer Wrenn, told Long Beach Superior Court Judge Gary Ferrari she also struggles with the aftermath of the attacks. She said she suffers from flashbacks and has a hard time focusing at her job. Wrenn testified during the trial that Proctor dug the razor into her neck to drive it deeper nearly killing her.
'You are a violent and dangerous human being. Your conduct toward these victims is absolutely despicable. It's unconscionable what you did to these women. You shouldn't be on any street in the city of Long Beach or Hawaiian Gardens. In fact, you shouldn't be on any street in this country,' Judge Ferrari told Proctor during sentencing.
'You inflicted great violence on at least two victims, nearly killing one of them,' Judge Ferrari said.
Judge Ferrari sentenced Proctor to a base term of 433 years and four months in prison. 10 of the 21 life sentences imposed on Proctor were stayed or ordered to be served concurrently. That means that Proctor must serve the 433 year base term before he begins serving the 11 consecutive life terms, Rose explained.
The judge also ordered Proctor to pay more than $56,000 in victim restitution fines and court fees. The attacks were carried out between February and May 2008. Five of the locations were in Long Beach and one victim was robbed at a hair salon where she worked in Hawaiian Gardens. News of the attacks, and the vicious nature in which two of the women were slashed, spread rapidly into the area leaving women on edge."
Frightened? I am. It's probabaly too much to hope that he doesn't harm prison employees and inmates.
Usually, these fantasy sentences are ridiculous, this is one that actually gives me a sense of relief.