MARTINEZ -- A Contra Costa judge, speaking over soft cries from the courtroom gallery, sentenced a Berkeley man Friday to 32 years to life in prison for a pair of break-in sexual assaults in a Walnut Creek apartment complex in the summer of 2010.

Antonio Andre Mouton, 26, was convicted on four felony counts in April, including rape and assault with intent to commit rape. With several supporters in the courtroom, some struggling to maintain their composure, Mouton wiped tears from his face as Judge Theresa Canepa imposed the sentence.

Mouton did not make a statement to the court, but prosecutor Ryan Wagner read two letters -- one from the mother of Jane Doe 1, who managed to fight off Mouton when he conned his way into the apartment on June 30, 2010, under the guise of wanting a glass of water, and one from Jane Doe 2, a newlywed who was raped six days later in the bedroom of the apartment she shared with her husband.

Mouton's attacks, and another later in the summer of 2010, put the residents of the Regency Arms on edge. No arrest was made for the third attack.

"The trauma you inflicted upon my daughter is unforgivable," read the letter from Jane Doe 1's mother, in part. "I believe you are a monster who isn't fit to live among civilized people."


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The letter from Jane Doe 2 was a heart-rending account of her ups and downs since she was assaulted.

"I'm not as open and honest, trusting and naive as I was," she wrote. "The world's no longer safe."

The woman wrote about having to concoct a story to explain to people why she and her husband broke their lease and abruptly moved out of town. She said she is preoccupied with security, and that she advises her sister or husband before she takes a daytime nap.

She also wrote that she fears her infant daughter might someday go through "what I went through."

"Antonio, this message is for you," she wrote. "I forgive you, and I pray for you and your family because this is what God commands me to do."

After the sentence was imposed, public defender Diana Garrido stated her intent to file an appeal.

Contact Gary Peterson at 925-952-5053. Follow him at Twitter.com/garyscribe.