Jury in Kentucky recommends 70 year Sentence in Felony Rape Conviction


FRANKFORT, KY (April 1, 2022) – Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced Thursday that a prosecution by his Special Prosecutions Unit resulted in the conviction of a Wayne County man for rape charges.

DanielCameron 200An investigation by former Detective Derek Lester of the Monticello Police Department discovered that Jose Anibal Figuerda Sanchez, 48, of Monticello, Kentucky, repeatedly raped a 14-year-old minor from June 2016 to November 2016. 

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Sanchez had abused the minor since the minor was five years old.

On March 30, 2022, a jury convicted Jose Anibal Figuerda Sanchez for:

  • Five counts of:Rape first degree (Class B Felony)
  • Four counts of Rape third degree (Class D Felony)

Sanchez is lodged in the Wayne County Detention Center.

Photo of the accused courtesy of the Wayne County Detention Center.

The jury recommended a sentence of 70 years. Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Vernon Minniard scheduled sentencing for June 21, 2022.

Assistant Attorney General Rewa Zakharia and Assistant Attorney General Tim Cocanougher prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth.

Victims Advocate Aaron Ash provided victim services, and Paralegal Penny Thompson provided legal assistance in the case.

Pictured left is Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.



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