A Patterson man convicted of faking a package delivery so he could force his way into a woman's home and rape her at knifepoint wants a new trial.
Meanwhile, his accuser is confident in a jury's verdict.
Genaro Fernandez-Anaya faces up to 76 years to life in prison and was in Stanislaus County Superior Court on Friday to be sentenced. He was granted a temporary reprieve, because he has hired a new lawyer and says he plans to ask for another trial.
The 42-year-old father of four insists he is innocent, but a rape victim told the court she is relieved to see her attacker in custody, where he cannot harm more women.
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Dressed in jeans and a sporty sweater, the woman looked more like a student with the world ahead of her than a victim who waited for hours to make sure Judge Donald Shaver understands how her world has been shattered. She said she is haunted by her memories.
"As far as I'm concerned, he's going to be able to rape me every day for the rest of my life," said the woman, who is referred to as Jane Doe in court and in legal papers. "Nothing is going to fix that. Nothing. Ever."
The woman was 23 and home alone Dec. 15, 2006, when she heard a knock on her front door. It was Friday morning and a stranger dressed in black said he had a package for her father, who left the home a few minutes earlier.
As she opened the door, a nightmare unfolded.
According to court records, the man pushed his way into her home, tried to grab her, then chased her into the kitchen, where she grabbed a knife. He then cornered her in a bathroom.
The woman dropped the knife as she tried to close the bathroom door and ended up at his mercy. The man forced her to hold the knife to her throat by placing his hand over hers. He told her to take her clothes off and insisted that she shave her pubic hair before he raped her.
The stranger had a condom on when he dropped his pants.
Afterward, the rapist fled without saying a word. The victim was so frightened she remained in the bathroom until her father returned and called the authorities.
Detectives didn't find fingerprints or DNA, but a sketch artist came up with a rendering of the suspect, which was released to the media and placed on the Sheriff's Department Web site.
Months later, an anonymous tipster told the authorities that Fernandez-Anaya, who had been deported after he served time for attempted spousal rape, returned to Patterson in October 2006.
The tipster said Fernandez-Anaya looked like the suspect and seemed reluctant to leave his home after the sketch showed up in the newspaper.
A detective took a photo lineup, which included a picture of Fernandez-Anaya, to the victim. She had not spotted her attacker in five previous photo lineups, but told 12 jurors that she immediately recognized Fernandez-Anaya as her rapist.
Fernandez-Anaya, who has been married to three women, was by then in a Stanislaus County jail for domestic violence. When the detective questioned him, he said he looked nothing like the sketch and declined to answer further questions, according to court records.
At the close of a six-day trial last month, a jury said Fernandez-Anaya is guilty of rape and assault with the intent to commit rape during the course of a burglary.
If he is not given a new trial, the judge can use three prior convictions to triple Fernandez-Anaya's sentence. A prosecutor said she will ask for the maximum sentence allowed because Fernandez-Anaya seemed to stake out his victim, showing up shortly after her father left the house.
"He must have watched him leave before knocking on the door," Deputy District Attorney Annette Rees said.
Bee staff writer Susan Herendeen can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2338.