In July 2013, Douglas County prosecutors charged Sergio Martinez-Perez, 19 with the rape and first-degree murder of 93-year-old Louise Sollowin. On July 17, police arrested Martinez-Perez after he beat and raped the elderly woman in her Omaha, Nebraska home. Louise was found bloodied, with several serious injuries (her cheekbones were broken and nearly every tooth in her mouth had been knocked out). She died in a local hospital from her injuries about a week later. Omaha.com reported:
The woman's daughter, who also lives in the residence, called 911. Officers said they discovered Perez nude and on top of the woman in a bedroom that had blood on the “walls, floor, ceiling and bed.”
The prosecution said that Perez admitted to police that he beat and raped the victim “because he was angry at women after a night of drinking.”
Perez was found naked and passed out on top of the victim, according to a police report. Martinez-Perez, who speaks only Spanish, was employed as a roofer, and had only been in the country for two months when he attacked Sollowin.
He claimed that he became angry after leaving a party where his sexual advances were rejected by multiple women, and “randomly” selected Sollowin as his victim. The Journal Star reported:
Louise Sollowin grew up in Omaha's Little Italy community, where her family started Orsi's Bakery. Her husband, a World War II veteran, died about 30 years ago.
Sollowin lived in the home where the fatal attack took place for 71 years.
On April 9, 2014, Martinez-Perez pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, and was subsequently sentenced to life in prison by Douglas County District Judge Timothy Burns.
The plea deal spared the illegal alien from the death penalty.
However, before his sentencing, WOWT reported:
Last August, Louise’s son Joe said, “I hope he gets the electric chair. And I want to be there for that. I hope he gets a beating way before that. I don’t think dying is enough.”
“It was beyond belief what she had to endure,” Judge Burns told the Sollowin family.