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Ohio woman, 19, who livestreamed her 17-year-old friend being rape on Periscope gets nine months in prison

February 15, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Ohio woman, 19, who livestreamed her 17-year-old friend being rape on Periscope gets nine months in prison

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An Ohio woman accused of live streaming the rape of her 17-year-old friend has been sentenced to nine months behind bars.

On Monday, Marina Lonina, 19, was sentenced in Columbus after she pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing justice under a plea deal with prosecutors.

She originally faced additional charges of rape, kidnapping, sexual battery, and pandering sexual matter involving a minor.

The defense team and prosecutors recommended the sentence as part of a plea deal, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

She was initially facing up to 40 years in prison.

Marina Lonina was sentenced to 9 months in prison, she initially faced 40 years

Investigators alleged that she used Periscope, a social media app, to live stream the rape in February 2016.

Defense lawyer Sam Shamansky told the Dispatch that the suspect acknowledged that she failed to report the assault or turn over her evidence afterward.

The victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, argued that Lonina had organized the rape.

The victim stated: “I was too gullible to see how manipulative she is.”

Shamansky said this was “unmitigated nonsense” and that the woman’s sentence was “an appropriate resolution to a difficult case.”

The 29-year-old rape suspect, Raymond Gates, pleaded guilty and was hit with nine years behind bars.

Gates pictured above is accused of raping the 17-year-old girl

The court previously heard that Lonina proceeded to live stream the rape of her teen friend on Periscope because she “got caught up on the likes” the footage was getting.

Lonina was reportedly “giggling and laughing” as she used her phone to record the attack.

Her defense lawyers stated that she was in the habit of filming everything using Periscope and had tried to assist her friend.

The victim was clearly heard screaming “stop” and “no” during the incident.

Lonina and her friend met Gates at a mall in Columbus for the first time the day before the rape.

He bought them a bottle of vodka and urged them to meet him in Columbus the following day.

When they met, Gates pinned the friend down, who was said to have been drinking, and raped her.

The case came to fruition when police were contacted by an out-of-state friend of the woman who saw the images, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said.

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