The Mancia-Morales Case

 

On March 11, 2009 the 76-year old survivor of an abduction, sexual assault and armed burglary, took the stand and spoke about the heinous crimes committed against her on August 29, 2008.

 

Arnold Mancia-Morales–an illegal immigrant from Honduras–had already committed crimes in Clarke County before making his way to Loudoun. Convicted of felony burglary in Clarke County, he was out on probation when he began committing crimes in Loudoun.

 

The investigators received a positive DNA hit from CODIS, the DNA data bank. The investigators now knew the name of the perpetrator, Arnold Mancia-Morales.

 

That was how Mancia-Morales ended up in an interrogation room with investigators Russ and Lesesne on September 14, 2008. The interrogation was taped and shown as evidence to the jury that would ultimately convict him.

 

The jury took six hours to return a guilty verdict. Sentencing recommendations included life in prison for the rape, 30 years for the armed burglary, 22 years for the abduction and 1 year for the assault.

 

Mancia-Morales was later charged and successfully convicted of another rape in Sterling.