Published on December 27, 2017
GREELEY, Colo. (Weld County D.A.) – A Greeley man facing a retrial after his 2012 conviction was overturned by the Colorado Court of Appeals, will spend between eight years and the rest of his life behind bars after being found guilty of sexual assault.
Adrian Parra-Hernandez, 51, was convicted of two counts of sexual assault and public indecency for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in downtown Greeley’s Lincoln Park in April 2011.
According to the evidence presented at trial, Parra-Hernandez was talking to the victim outside a bar when she passed out from intoxication. He then carried her into the park over his shoulder and sexually assaulted her. A police officer who was on duty and patrolling the area at the time caught Hernandez sexually assaulting the woman.
Parra-Hernandez was originally convicted in June 2012 and later sentenced to 16 years to life in prison. Last year, however, the Colorado Court of Appeals overturned the sentence after the court determined his Miranda rights were not properly given.
“This case took several years because of the retrial that occurred,” Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said. “I know it was difficult for all who were involved, especially the victim, but we’re pleased with the final outcome of sending the defendant to prison and finding justice for the woman he assaulted.”
The court sentenced Parra-Hernandez last week to an indeterminate sentence of eight years to life in the Department of Corrections.