An Immokalee sex offender was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in state prison for breaking into an elderly woman’s home and groping her last November.
Following his release from prison, Jose Trinidad Reyna, 47, will serve 10 years of probation, according to the sentence handed down by Collier County Judge Ramiro Mañalich.
State prosecutors had recommended a life sentence for Reyna, who was classified Tuesday as a habitual felony offender. While Mañalich agreed Reyna poses a danger to the community, he said he found a life sentence in a non-homicide, noninjury case to be “a bit too much.”
The victim in the case said she was napping in her unlocked apartment last fall when she awoke to a stranger, later identified as Reyna, groping her breast and attempting to fondle her crotch area. The arresting deputy, Collier County Sheriff Cpl. Andrew Drew, testified the elderly victim has a terminal illness, and state prosecutors said Tuesday the woman did not appear for Reyna’s sentencing because of worsening health problems.
Reyna has a history of criminal activity with a sexual nature, Assistant State Attorney Kate Rumley said, detailing two cases where Reyna was convicted of indecent exposure after a group of children found him sleeping naked on their porch and a separate incident in which he was found masturbating in front of an 8-year-old and a woman preparing to shower.
Reyna was made to register as a sex offender following one of the convictions in 2003.
Reyna’s public defender, Robert Allen, argued his client had never before November physically touched a victim, calling his prior offenses “vulgar, perhaps,” but not “vicious.”
As a condition of Reyna’s probation term, he will be given a psychological and substance abuse evaluation, a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and an order to stay away from the victim and anyone under age 18.