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Sexual assault of exchange student results in 183-year prison sentence

A man convicted of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old Macedonian exchange student in South Lake Tahoe has been sentenced to 183 years to life in prison.

Manuel Ovidio Ramos-Munoz was accused of assaulting the young woman, who had been in the United States little more than a week, on June 11, 2015, according to an El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office news release.. He was convicted by a jury in November following a three-week trial and was sentenced Jan. 19 by El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Kenneth Melikian.

The victim was sitting on the front steps of her hotel room, talking on the phone, when Ramos-Munoz sneaked up behind her and put a knife to her throat, the news release said.

He dragged the woman across the street into a dark parking lot, behind large metal containers at the rear of the lot. He threatened to kill her if she did not remain silent. Ramos-Munoz then repeatedly and violently sexually assaulted the woman, causing injuries to her face, head and body, the news release said.

The jury found Ramos-Munoz guilty of seven felony counts, including kidnapping for the purpose of committing a sexual assault, as well as six additional counts and numerous special allegations related to the sexual assault and use of a knife, according to the news release.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy