A federal prison parolee convicted in November of raping a 16-year-old Orem girl has been sentenced to five years to life in prison.
Fourth District Judge Boyd L. Park also ordered the defendant, Jerome Victor Trafny, to pay $1,562 in fines and to pay restitution to the victim's family for costs of psychiatric care. Trafny, 28, had no comment prior to being sentenced.In fall 1987, Trafny was paroled from federal prison in Missouri, where he was serving time for bank robbery. Park ordered the defendant to serve his rape sentence concurrently with his federal sentence, which he must resume because of the rape conviction.
Park said he will recommend Trafny be credited for jail time served since his arrest a year ago.
Defense attorney Thomas Means argued that a 90-day diagnostic examination, which Trafny recently completed, was "cursory" and provided the court little help in assessing the defendant's mental condition.
"In his (Trafny's) opinion, he was never diagnosed," Means told Park. "I don't see that they addressed that (Trafny's mental condition) at all."
According to trial testimony, Trafny last year raped the victim after offering her a ride home from a party in Orem. The jury deliberated only two hours before finding him guilty.