A Caldwell man who raped a woman at knife point will spend 4 1/2 to 15 years in prison, a judge ruled Friday.
A jury in July convicted Pablo Salinas, 46, of rape, first-degree kidnapping and use of a deadly weapon in commission of a felony.
Police arrested him in January 2011 after a woman told them he'd brandished a Rambo-style knife and threatened to kill her, then forced her to have sex with him. The woman fled but left her blouse behind, which Salinas used to hide the knife then secret it in a lunch box in his home.
Salinas claimed the sexual contact was consensual.
Canyon County Deputy Prosecutor Erica Kallin asked 3rd District Judge Juneal C. Kerrick to sentence Salinas to 10 years to 40 years in prison.
"The defendant doesnt seem to understand that a knife does not make the sex consensual," Kallin said in court, according to a news release.
Kerrick imposed the lesser sentence and ordered Salinas to register as a sex offender and pay the victim a $1,500 civil penalty.
"Based on what was presented to the jury, it did happen the way she said it did and you haven't been willing to admit that, even to yourself. The fact you can't appreciate or understand the problem is what makes you a risk," Kerrick said.
Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor praised the investigation by Caldwell police in a prepared statement.
Because of their action and the jurys verdict, a dangerous individual has been removed from the streets," Taylor said.