For those of you who may not remember this story when we first reported on it last year, Marina Lonina was facing 40 years in prison after
Lonina and her 17-year-old friend met 29-year-old Raymond Gates at a Columbus mall last February. The next day, the two met Gates at an apartment where he supplied them with vodka.
Once the victim was heavily intoxicated, Gates sexually assaulted her. Despite telling Gates to stop, Lonina did not intervene and was allegedly “giggling and laughing” as she used her cellphone to live-stream her friend’s sexual assault to Periscope.
Police got involved when they were given a copy of the video on March 2, 2016 and, in October, Gates was sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of rape.
Lonina was charged with rape, sexual battery, kidnapping and pandering sexually oriented matter involving a juvenile. But she got her possible 40 years in prison drastically reduced when she pleaded guilty to obstructing justice for failing to report the rape or turn over her evidence.
As part of that plea agreement, Lonina was sentenced to only 9 months in prison for her part in the rape of her friend.
The victim told the court that she continues to have panic attacks since the rape and that Lonina not only filmed her being raped, she was also the one who manipulated Gates into raping her.Tags: alcohol, Crime, livestream, Marina Lonina, Ohio, Rape, Sexual Assault