Adios Attacker: Brave Woman Confronts and Forgives Her Rapist in Courtroom

I only hope none of you have to do what this brave woman did. The best way to stop an attacker is the barrel of your gun pointing at him/her, with your finger on the trigger.

A Southland man convicted of raping and carjacking a woman in broad daylight in the parking lot of a Brentwood supermarket was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison.

Gilbert Lozano Trejo, 58, pleaded guilty in 2011 to one count each of rape and carjacking former Brentwood resident Jane Piper in Aug. 2003.

KNX 1070’s Margaret Carrero was at the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles as Piper made a statement saying she had forgiven Trejo prior to his sentence.

In a statement released before sentencing, Piper wrote: “On Aug. 21, 2003, I was brutally beaten and raped in Brentwood. The rapist attempted to drive away holding me captive in my vehicle. But believing in my heart that he would kill me, I was able to jump out the window of the car as he sped off.”

Eight years after the assault, Piper moved to Canada to make a fresh start. Within months of her arrival, however, authorities notified Piper that her rapist had been identified by cold case detectives using DNA testing.

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