A homeless Madera man who was convicted in October of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison earlier this month, District Attorney Michael Keitz said in a press release.
During trial, evidence showed that Rodolfo Tello Garza, 56, lived at a creek near S. E. St and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks where the unidentified victim was fishing.
Garza sexually assaulted the minor, who was able to escape, Keitz said. Weeks later, Keitz said the victim saw Garza elsewhere in town and called police, who arrested Garza shortly afterwards.
Garza confessed to the crime and, because of a previous sexual assault conviction, received the 50-year-to-life sentence, Keitz said.