Woman Sentenced to 35 to Life for Abducting, Sexually Assaulting Victim

Catherine McCoy, 49, sexually assaulted a younger woman with a golf club and dumped her on the side of the highway

NBC 7 San Diego

A 49-year-old San Diego woman was sentenced to 35 years to life in prison Friday for the violent kidnapping, beating and sexual assault of another woman.

On August 18, 2011, Catherine McCoy and Christopher Carrera abducted a 21-year-old woman after the woman admitted to having sex with McCoy’s boyfriend.

After beating the victim and allegedly sexually assaulting her with a golf club, McCoy and Carrera dumped the woman on southbound State Route 125 in Spring Valley. She was left naked and severely injured on the side of the road, where she later waved down motorists for help.

In November 2011, the victim testified in court, sharing graphic details of her attack. The woman said she was confronted by McCoy and Carrera as she was grabbing some of her clothing from a home in City Heights.

After the victim admitted to McCoy that he had slept with McCoy’s boyfriend, she was allegedly thrown into a white SUV and beaten on the head and body with a flashlight. She was then ordered to strip naked inside the car and was sexually assaulted with a golf club that was allegedly forced into her body eight times during the attack, the victim testified in Nov. 2011.

The victim knew McCoy and Carrera. In earlier testimony, the victim said she had seen Carrera about 10 times at a home she lived in for several weeks. She also said she had been to McCoy’s home to purchase drugs on two occasions.

The victim admitted to using heroin and marijuana.

McCoy was convicted for the violent kidnapping and assault of the victim in November 2012.

She was retried on the sexual assault charge, leading to her sentencing in court Friday. McCoy will now serve 35 years to life in state prison.

An emotional letter from the victim’s mother was read in court Friday in which she called McCoy “an evil person.”

The judge who sentenced McCoy said the defendant had shown “no remorse at all” for the brutal crimes against the victim.

Meanwhile, Carrera pleaded guilty to his involvement in the kidnapping and was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

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