Mercy for a murderer
A jury called it murder.
On Monday, a judge pondered what should become of 18-year-old Yajaira Jimenez-Castillo, who sat silently before him, waiting to be sentenced.
He already knew her story.
It went like this:
Ramon Ramirez Arzola, 23, had tried to grab her breast, called her a dirty name and pulled a knife. Jimenez, then 15, thought he was going to rape her.
She’d been raped before, she swore under oath. It started when she was a little girl, at the hands of two older relatives.
They got away with it.