Griego sentencing scheduled for July

2014-04-23T18:03:00Z 2014-04-30T10:55:11Z Griego sentencing scheduled for JulyBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A Billings judge has scheduled a sentencing date of July 25 for convicted serial rapist Toby Eugene Griego.

On April 18, a 12-person jury convicted 42-year-old Griego of all 27 charges against him — including 10 counts of rape.

After five days of testimony, Chief Deputy Yellowstone County attorneys Rod Souza and Juli M. Pierce were able to prove Griego broke into the homes of four women, raping three of them, between the end of January and beginning of July last year.

Investigators said Griego left little or no evidence at the scenes of the crimes. But a forensic phone examiner with the Billings Police Department recovered deleted pictures and video from the rapist’s cellphone that showed the attacks, and Griego’s face, as the crimes were being committed.

Souza has said that Griego will undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation before the sentencing. That evaluation will help determine what level of sex offender — one, two or three — Griego will be designated at sentencing.

With his recent convictions in Montana, Griego will face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole because of his criminal history in New Mexico, which includes the rape of a 16-year-old girl.

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