A New Yorker has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for impregnating an 11-year-old.
Jeffry Rosales, 31, from New York, has admitted he had sex with an 11-year-old girl and got her pregnant and pleaded guilty to first-degree rape Wednesday as part of a plea deal.
Rosales was sentenced to 17 years in prison as part of a plea agreement.
Before the sentence, Rosales faced up to two life sentences. He was charged with predatory sexual assault, which carries a maximum weight of 25 years to life in prison and also faced another 25-to-life sentence for second-degree murder in the June 2013 fatal shooting of Keenan Russell.
However, prosecutors dropped the murder charge against Russell on Tuesday after authorities arrested someone else who took responsibility for the crime.
Defense attorney Robert Macedonio says his client is satisfied with the plea in the rape case.
Rosales, who also faces a four-year sentence for a robbery charge, initially refused the plea deal on Tuesday but later changed his mind as the evidence against him was overwhelming and included DNA hence pleaded guilty just hours after jury selection began.
Authorities say he acknowledged fathering the child in several recorded jail phone calls between him and his family members and even the girl. The relationship between him and the 11 year old was not immediately known and her information has been kept from the public due to being a minor.