Henry Gaston Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for 2010 Rape and Burglary; Santos Lopez Sentenced to 22 Years to Life in Prison for Slashing Two Sisters in 2009

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of HENRY GASTON, 50, a previously convicted registered sex offender, to 20 years in state prison for breaking into a woman’s apartment on July 12, 2010, raping her, and stealing her property. On November 22, 2011, a jury in State Supreme Court convicted the defendant of Rape in the First Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree, Sex Abuse in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, and Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree.

District Attorney Vance also announced the sentencing of SANTOS LOPEZ, 32, to 22-years-to-life in state prison for slashing two women, who are sisters, in the face on February 1, 2009, permanently scarring them. On October 21, 2011, a jury in State Supreme Court convicted the defendant of four counts of Assault in the First Degree.

“Today, two violent criminals who brutally attacked three women are behind bars, and will be for a long time,” said District Attorney Vance. “Both were convicted of prior violent crimes, served time, and were released, only to commit additional serious violent crimes once they got out of prison. They were given a second chance to be productive members of society, and lost it. Although their crimes were different, they both left their victims with permanent trauma, and physical and emotional scars. I would like to commend the victims in both cases for their bravery in coming forward and testifying against their attackers.”

District Attorney Vance thanked Assistant District Attorneys Jeffrey Levinson and Jonathan Dreyfuss for prosecuting the GASTON case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Coleen Balbert, Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit, and Assistant District Attorney Martha Bashford, Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. Trial Preparation Assistant Jamie Whittenberg assisted in the investigation.

District Attorney Vance thanked Assistant District Attorneys Scott Leet and Marisa Darden for prosecuting the LOPEZ case. Trial Preparation Assistant John Kane assisted with the investigation.

Defendant Information:

HENRY GASTON, D.O.B. 11/16/61
Hempstead, NY

Convicted:

Rape in the First Degree, a class B felony, 1 count
Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 2 counts
Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count
Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 1 count
Sentence:

20 years in state prison
SANTOS LOPEZ, D.O.B. 4/12/79
New York, NY

Convicted:

Assault in the First Degree, a class B felony, 4 counts
Sentence:

22 years to life in state prison

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