Published on September 22, 2017
GREELEY, Colo. (Weld County D.A.) – A Greeley man who was facing a retrial after having his 2012 conviction overturned was found guilty this week of sexual assault.
Adrian Parra-Hernandez, now 51, was convicted of two counts of sexual assault and public indecency for raping an unconscious woman in downtown Greeley’s Lincoln Park in April 2011. According to the affidavit, he was talking to the woman outside of a bar when she passed out from intoxication. He then carried her into the park over his shoulder and sexually assaulted her. He was eventually caught in the act by a police officer who was on patrol in the area.
Parra-Hernandez was convicted in June 2012 and later sentenced to 16 years to life in prison. But last year, the conviction was overturned by the Colorado Court of Appeals after the court determined his Miranda rights were not properly advised.
“Sexual assaults are some of the cruelest and ruthless cases we see, so to try it twice can be extremely difficult for the victim, jury and everyone involved,” said District Attorney Michael Rourke. “But once again, we are happy with the outcome. The defendant will return to prison for many years, keeping our community safe from his evil deeds.”
Parra-Hernandez will be sentenced December 22 at 8:30 a.m., when he faces two years to life in prison since sexual assaults carry indeterminate sentences.
Deputy District Attorneys Havilah Lilly and Jessica Morales prosecuted the retrial.