Men guilty in JP rapes

March 21, 2008
By

JOHN RUCH

A serial rapist and a child rapist were found guilty of 1990s Jamaica Plain crimes this month in separate cases.

Che Blake Sosa, 38, was already in prison for other rapes when he was convicted last week of a 1995 rape in a Bynner Street house.

Sosa was sentenced March 13 to 35 to 40 years in state prison for two counts of aggravated rape. He will begin serving that time only after completing two other long prison terms for rapes he committed in Norfolk County.

In the Jamaica Plain crime, Sosa broke into the female victim’s home through an open window in the middle of the night and attacked her in her bedroom. Sosa repeatedly raped the victim and severely beat her, breaking her jaw.

Despite Sosa’s threats to kill her if she called police, the victim did so anyway, allowing for the rapid collection of evidence that eventually convicted Sosa.

“Seeing Che Sosa convicted and put behind bars has renewed my spirit in ways I never expected,” said the victim, who was 50 years old at the time of the crime, in a statement read in court by a prosecutor. The Gazette does not reveal the names of sexual assault victims.

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley called Sosa an “unrepentantly violent” criminal who has “no place in our society.”

Sosa, who once stabbed his own defense attorney in court with a makeshift knife, was chained to a chair during the sentencing hearing. “It’s karma, baby,” he commented afterward, according to the DA’s Office.

Sosa was charged with the JP crime in 2003 after his DNA was entered into a national database following his arrest for other crimes. His DNA matched semen found on clothing and bedding in the JP crime.

Child rape conviction

In another case, Guillermo Vazquez, 66, was convicted March 17 of repeatedly raping two female relatives when they were children in the 1990s.

The assaults began in 1993 at Vazquez’s Chestnut Avenue home and continued for six years. Both victims were 6 years old when Vazquez began raping them.

Convicted of four counts of rape of a child, Vazquez faces a maximum of life in prison when he is sentenced on April 9. He is being held without bail.

In a press statement, Conley praised the victims for testifying against Vazquez in court.