Orlando FL - A jury today convicted a homeless immigrant of dragging a 10-year-old girl into the woods, raping her and trying to murder her. Antonio Rosales, 41, an undocumented worker from Guatemala, returned to the courtroom to hear the verdict.
He had refused to attend closing arguments earlier in the day following an outburst yesterday when he smashed a courtroom computer and toppled a defense table.
The six-member jury deliberated two hours before reaching its verdict.
Rosales faces a mandatory life prison sentence.
The girl, now 15, told jurors Tuesday that a Hispanic man with a moustache grabbed her by the ponytail and dragged her into the woods about dusk Nov. 1, 2003, in Casselberry as she rode her brother's scooter to the grocery store.
The man choked her, she said, until she blacked out. When she regained consciousness, she said, her pants had been pulled down a
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