Porterville man gets 127 years to life for rape, other charges

A Porterville man was sentenced to 127 years to life, plus 40 years, Wednesday for forcible rape during a robbery back in 2014, the Tulare County District Attorney said.

Carlos Estrella, 59, was found guilty on Aug. 24, 2015 for the crimes.

Estrella was found guilty of forcible rape, assault with intent to commit rape during a first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, criminal threats, false imprisonment, dissuading a witness by force of violence and dissuading a witness with a prior conviction.

He was found guilty of one misdemeanor count each of possession of methamphetamine and giving false information to a police officer.

Back on Sept. 15, 2014, Estrella followed the victim to her home, entered her bedroom and raped her by the threat of a screwdriver, the DA said. Estrella took the victim’s phone and threatened that he’d come back with a gun if he saw any “funny business.”

During the jury trial, Estrella admitted that in 1986, he was convicted of a forcible rape, first degree burglary and dissuading a witness by force and violence, the DA said. The judge found that Estrella had a separate sex offense conviction in 1986 for a forcible lewd act on a child, and that he also had three prior strike convictions; two from 1986 and one from 1979, the DA said.