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Brian Varela, a 20-year-old Washington sentenced to 36-months behind bars for raping a high school student who was dying from an overdose.

“LOL I think she od’d, still breathing,” he wrote, adding that he was having sex with her to “pass the time.”…
1/ To clarify how horrible this crime is: The Superior Court Judge Linda Krese sentenced Varela to 34 mos . A sentence, she herself, said she thought was “inadequate” for the crime that was committed. The sentence was the strongest Krese could give based on state guidelines.
2/ To determine a sentence, Washington state uses a system of scoring the offender. Factors considered include adult and juvenile history of violent and nonviolent convictions, current offenses and whether the offender was on community custody when the crime was committed.
3/ The number of violent and nonviolent offenses in each category is multiplied by a value ranging from 0.5 to 2.The total offender score the has a corresponding sentence. "I'm not sure the Legislature really contemplated something like this," Krese said.
4/ Noceda attended a party at a Martha Lake, Washington, mobile home and then spent the evening with Varela. At one point in the night, Noceda ingested Percocet pills with highly concentrated THC, which was given to her by Varela.

5/ Noceda quickly collapsed and as she was overdosing, Varela sent photos of her mostly nude body to a group of friends. "LOL I think she od’d, still breathing,” one of the texts said.

Varela said that he didn’t care and that he was sexually assaulting her to “pass the time.”
6/ In the morning, he showed his housemate Noceda’s body, which was cold to the touch. The housemate told him to call 911, but he didn’t.

After Varela told one of his co-workers at Dairy Queen the story, the co-worker recognized Noceda
7/ as the same girl from her mother’s desperate plea on Facebook for information about her missing daughter. The co-worker called the police and explained the story, which Varela largely corroborated after his arrest.

8/ The day after Noceda overdosed, Varela finished his double shift at the Dairy Queen, grabbed a crate and put her body inside. He told investigators he packed the crate with onions to minimize the odor and planned to bury the body.
9/ Medical tests showed Noceda overdosed on fentanyl and alprazolam, which is the generic name for Xanax.

"I'm sorry for my foolish actions,” Varela said. “Whatever I get is what I deserve." No emotion in his voice. Listen to video in article…
10/ Noceda’s family criticized the 34-month sentencing and her aunt, Rachel Palmer, said that it’s basically as if Varela was walking free. She pointed out that he had multiple chances to do the right thing, but repeatedly lied, and said she can’t forgive Varela.
11/ Pierson disagreed with the sentencing & said state laws need to change. She’s trying to forgive the defendant. “I don’t know why I have any compassion for him, but I do,” Pierson said. “I feel bad for his family. I’d be embarrassed if that was my child. I would be hurt.”

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