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Confusion arises over Joliet rapist's identity

Miguel C. Luna, 37
Miguel C. Luna, 37

The identity of a man who pleaded guilty to raping three women was at question during his sentencing hearing.

At Friday’s hearing, Will County Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Fillipitch said a presentence investigation report lists the name of Miguel C. Luna, 37, as Miguel Luna Castaneda.

The report also listed other aliases for Luna, including Francisco, Pedro Flores and Enrique Zanchez. Luna’s attorney Marzell Richardson said he believed Luna’s name might be Miguel Luna Castaneda.

The uncertainty of his identity posed a problem for Will County Judge Dave Carlson, since he pleaded guilty under the name Miguel C. Luna. Carlson ordered the sentencing hearing to continue on Monday so the matter could be cleared up.

“I want to know who that person is. I want to know this person who pleaded guilty to this charge,” Carlson said.

Carlson noted that Luna was a fugitive wanted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, and that he should have been deported from the U.S. in 2012. He read off Luna’s ICE fugitive number in court.

Before the confusion over Luna’s identity, prosecutors played more video footage in court of his interview with police detectives, during which he admitted to raping a young woman who was out for a run on the I&M Canal trail near Brandon Road.

“That girl. I wish I’d never been there,” Luna told detectives.

Luna said he felt “temptation” on the trail when he saw the woman and the shorts she was wearing.

“I asked God to do something to help me,” Luna said.

He admitted to tackling her, telling her to shut up, punching her and threatening her with a knife before raping her. He also admitted to tying her up.

He said he asked God for forgiveness and that when he remembered what he did to the woman, he “felt like [he] was the most miserable man in the world.”

After prosecutors finished showing their evidence, Richardson submitted two letters to Carlson on Luna’s behalf. One of them was from a co-worker of Luna’s and another a pastor from a church he attended.

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