Sexual assault brings 67 years incarceration

GEORGETOWN — A Delaware man received 67 years in prison for sexually assaulting his landlady and beating a man to death with a hammer.

Juan Carlos Tovar Cruz, 25, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty in January to second-degree murder, first-degree rape, second-degree rape, assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Cruz was arrested in October 2016 after police responded to a report of an injured woman. The woman had fled to a neighbor’s house in rural Sussex County after being attacked. Authorities said she suffered several cuts and a broken arm.

Troopers subsequently found the body of 30-year-old Ricardo Perez-Ramirez in the driveway of the woman’s home. Investigators say Perez-Ramirez died of blunt force trauma.

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