A Washington state was sentenced to thirty-one years in prison Thursday for raping an 18-year-old woman as she died of an overdose, texting pictures of her semi-nude
Judge Linda Krese of the Snohomish County Superior Court, arguing that she was taking into account that the offender, Brian Varela, 20, of Lynnwood, Washington, had no prior record  The (Everett, Wash.) Daily Herald reported.
Krese what "surprised, even outraged" that law required such a sentence, according to The Herald .
Varela pleaded guilty to manslaughter, rape and unlawful disposal of charges in connection with the Feb. 3 death of Alyssa Noceda, who overdosed in his bedroom, KOMO-TV, Seattle, reported. Lynnwood, suburb of about 40,000, is 15 miles north of Seattle.
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Noceda of nearby Everett took drugs in his room, that night, Varela told detectives, The Herald report. Tests later showed she had taken a fatal mix of fentanyl and alprazolam, a generic name for Xanax
After Noceda passed out, did not call for help,
Rachelle Palmer, aunt of Alyssa Noceda
"LOL I think she od'd." "silent breathing," one of the texts read, according to KOMO-TV.
Varela texted that he was sexually assaulting Noceda "The Passion," according to The Herald Noceda Cold and Lifeless.
"Noceda's aunt, Rachelle Palmer said:" You might as well let him walk free with that child of time, "according to [19459020TheHerald.
"It's a joke," Noceda's mother, Gina Pierson said, ac cording to KOMO-TV.
In Washington state, offenders' sentences are determined in part using a scoring system that takes into account a number of factors, including previous offenses, Newsweek reported The state of Sentence reform Act of 1981, which was designed to make sentences more uniform by giving judgment less discretion, according to a 2016 blog post from Washington state lawyer Chris Van Vechten.
The judge in Varela's case criticized the constraints: "I'm sorry the Legislature really contemplated something like this," Krese said.
"I'm sorry for my foolish actions." Whatever I deserve, "he said.
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Alyssa Noceda, 18, of Everett, Washington, died of A drug overdose Feb. 3, 2018, but as they died in the bedroom of Brian Varela, 20, of Lynnwood, he raped her and texted her semi-nude photos, from her Twitter account, @AlassasStoned .
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