SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY — Florentino Marcelino Ramonsantiago (DOB 01/03/93) has been convicted by a San Luis Obispo County Jury of Forcible Rape causing Great Bodily Injury. District Attorney Dan Dow made the announcement of Ramonsantiago’s conviction on November 3.
After a nine-day trial, the jury found Ramonsantiago guilty of Forcible Rape. Additionally, they found true a special allegation that during the rape, Ramonsantiago personally inflicted Great Bodily Injury on a 17-year-old victim, resulting in pregnancy. This special allegation could lead to a sentence of 25 years to life in state prison for Ramonsantiago.
The trial featured evidence of a violent assault that occurred on April 29, 2021, at a residence in Nipomo. Deputy District Attorney Kristin Barnard, who prosecuted the case, described the violence and trauma suffered by the young survivor as something akin to a horror movie. She also commended the survivor for her courage in reporting and testifying about the crime.
Florentino Marcelino Ramonsantiago is set to be sentenced on Nov. 30, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 1 of the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, with the Honorable Craig B. Van Rooyen presiding. He could face a sentence of up to 25 years to life in state prison.
The investigation into the case was conducted by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office, with support from the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation. Deputy District Attorney Kristin Barnard, a member of the District Attorney’s Sexual Assault Unit, prosecuted the case.