MARTINEZ -- A Richmond man pleaded guilty to statutory rape Friday, becoming the sixth and final defendant to be sentenced in the infamous Richmond High School gang rape case.

John Crane Jr., who appeared in court wearing a white dress shirt, received a 3-year sentence from Judge Terri Mockler -- a sentence he has satisfied given his time already served.

Crane was issued a lifetime order to register as a sex offender for participating in the two-hour long sexual assault on a 16-year-old Richmond girl in October 2009 -- an attack so vicious and brazen that it drew national outrage.

Crane, 47, also was ordered to pay $15,309 in victim restitution and was given a 10-year stay-away order from the victim, identified in court as Jane Doe.

The woman, who testified last summer at the trial of two of the defendants, was not at Friday's sentencing.

Crane's sentence was the shortest issued to any of the defendants -- combined, they received 134 years to life -- but for prosecutor Alison Chandler, his plea agreement was important for the closure it represented.

"John Crane is the only remaining defendant in a lengthy prosecution against the defendants who callously violated Jane Doe," Chandler said at the sentencing. "This plea is to allow Jane Doe to move on with her life. The people have complied with Marsy's Law and informed Jane Doe, who has consented to this resolution."

Marsy's Law, or the Victims' Bill of Rights, was approved by California voters in 2008 and significantly expanded the rights of victims.


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Previously, Jose Montano of Richmond and Marcelles Peter of Pinole were convicted at trial and sentenced to 33 years to life and 29 years to life, respectively.

Three defendants agreed to plea deals with Manuel Ortega of Richmond receiving 32 years, Ari Morales of San Pablo receiving 27 years and Elvis Torrentes receiving six years.

According to testimony in the trial of Montano and Peter, Crane's semen was found on the victim and on various objects left at the scene. It is unclear how Crane became involved in the assault, which took place in a dark courtyard at Richmond High School in front of spectators after a dance on the campus.

Prosecutors continue to withhold that information because some DNA samples taken at the crime scene have yet to be identified and could be matched at a later date. The investigation is officially still ongoing.

Contact Gary Peterson at 925-952-5053. Follow him at Twitter.com/garyscribe.