SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — District Attorney Dan Dow has announced the sentencing of Florentino Marcelino Ramonsantiago (DOB 01/03/93) to 25 years to life in prison. The verdict follows a jury finding Ramonsantiago guilty of Forcible Rape causing Great Bodily Injury.
During the nine-day trial, jurors were presented with evidence of Ramonsantiago’s violent assault on a 17-year-old victim that occurred on April 29, 2021, at a residence in Nipomo. The jury not only convicted Ramonsantiago of Forcible Rape but also affirmed the special allegation that he personally inflicted Great Bodily Injury during the assault. This particular allegation was rooted in the fact that the assault resulted in the pregnancy of the victim.
Deputy District Attorney Kristin Barnard, assigned to the District Attorney’s Sexual Assault Prosecution Unit, commented on the case, stating, “The violence and trauma suffered by the young survivor is what one would see in a horror movie. The sheer courage it took for this young lady to report and later detail this crime to a jury is remarkable. We are thankful to the jury for their focused attention in this very emotional and raw case and acknowledge the impact it has had on them as individuals.”
The investigation was conducted by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, with the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation providing assistance throughout the case.