Cuyahoga County

Judge sentences teen to 28 years in prison for brutal rape of West Side woman


Cleveland – A judge sent a Cleveland teenager to prison for 28 years Tuesday for a brutal rape that has left the victim in fear nearly two years after the attack.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold originally ordered Edwin Santiago, 18, to prison for 39 years.

She reduced the sentence after Santiago's attorney, Jaye Schlachet, pleaded with her, citing his client's age and mental-health needs. He also said the sentence was disproportionate to the crime. He said many convicted killers receive half that.

But Saffold refused to budge any more. She listed his nine prior burglary cases in Juvenile Court and a prior rape case. Saffold also said Santiago was booted from the Detention Center because of his behavior in October.

"He just won't stop,'' Saffold said. "He just won't stop. . . What she did to that woman was horrible. This could have happened to anyone.''

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