Brothers Plead No Contest in Vigilante Beating

San Jose brothers plead no contest in beating of child molester.

Thursday, Oct 20, 2011  |  Updated 7:07 AM PDT
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Brothers Plead No Contest in Vigilante Beating

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Two San Jose brothers pleaded no contest to taking a child molester to a ranch and severely beating him.

Two California brothers have pleaded no contest to the vigilante attack of a house guest who molested an 8-year-old girl.

Santa Clara County prosecutors had charged Miguel and Erik Cerda with assault, torture and mayhem counts that could have led to life prison sentences.

The beating victim, convicted child molester Avelino Rodriguez, was sentenced to 22 years in prison.

In exchange for the pleas on Wednesday, the San Jose Mercury News says prosecutors agreed to drop the torture and mayhem counts.

Erik Cerda now faces two to seven years in prison and Miguel Cerda faces two to eight years when they are sentenced Jan. 20.

After learning Rodriguez molested the girl, investigators say the brothers drove Rodriguez from San Jose to a Gilroy ranch where he was severely beaten.

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