Crown Bakery kidnapper and rapist refuses to attend his own sentencingWritten by Janela Carrera
Guam - Saying he’s ashamed of what he’s done, the man who abducted a woman from the Crown Bakery parking lot and then raped her is refusing to show up to his own sentencing to “face the music.”
In fact, Judge Anita Sukola and Prosecutor Phil Tydingco say this is the first they’ve heard of a criminal say he’s too emotional to face his victim.
It’s an unprecedented move. Ray Charles Tedtaotao Camacho, a defendant who’s admitted to abducting an unsuspecting woman, holding her against her will and then raping her, is refusing to attend his sentencing hearing because he’s ashamed and doesn’t want to cause his victim, Monique Baza, any more turmoil. It’s a hearing that is supposed to bring closure to Baza and her family.
"This is pretty much all it’s been for me, it’s been turmoil, it’s been torture. There’s no easy way around it. Every time I have to come here and I have to sit there and I have to listen to all of these things that don’t make sense; why we just can’t do the sentencing and get it over with--that’s torturous and that’s turmoil. It doesn’t matter what he says, I have to come here and I have to live it," Baza told PNC.
Camacho was supposed to be sentenced in Superior Court today for the second time. Camacho eventually pled guilty the first time he was indicted back in 2012 and received a sentence of life without parole for the criminal sexual conduct charges and 25 years for kidnapping. But his sentence was overturned on appeal for resentencing.
Chief Prosecutor Phil Tydingco says they believe Camacho did not cooperate with investigators as part of his plea agreement.
'If he’s found to have cooperated then he gets the advantage of a minimum 15 years' jail sentence. If he did not cooperate, which we believe he did not, then under the plea agreement, the people have the right to ask for between 15 all the way up to life," noted Tydingco.
Camacho’s legal counsel Doug Moylan disagrees and believes Camacho did cooperate with investigators. Moylan also attempts to explain why his client doesn’t want to be present for his own sentencing the second time around.
"Usually it’s the victims that are put through a lot of trauma when they come to the sentencing and see the defendant and in this case Mr. Camacho does not want to be present. We believe that the plea agreement and the audio record will speak for itself," explained Moylan.
To that, Baza reacted: "It’s obviously not fair to me. I mean, you might be ashamed but I mean I’m the one that has to keep coming back as well and this is something that you did to me. I mean he owes me that much to be there so that I can, that he can face me and I can say what I need to say," Baza lamented.
In fact, Camacho attempted to pull a no-show at today’s hearing until he was forced to appear and explain. Judge Anita Sukola remarked that this is the first time she’s ever heard of a defendant invoke what he believes is his right to be absent from his sentencing hearing.
"I’ve heard of lots of defendants who feel ashamed and don’t want to be present there. I mean nobody wants to be there but this is the first time I’ve heard someone say I think it’s my right not to be physically present at the sentencing because I feel ashamed," agreed Tydingco.
Both the prosecution and defense will have until June 23 to submit all their briefings on Camacho’s move to escape his sentencing. Judge Sukola says she will make a decision by June 30 which is also Camacho’s new sentencing date.