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Alleged Rapist Gets 2-Year Prison Stretch

Bryan Tangas, who was facing trial for raping a woman he knew, then leading authorities on a 100-mile chase to Barstow, was handed a two-year prison term after pleading guilty to lesser charges.

A man who faced trial for allegedly raping a woman with whom he was acquainted -- leading law enforcement authorities on a 100-miles chase into Barstow -- was sentenced to a two-year prison stretch Friday.

Bryan Mayo Tangas, 23, pleaded guilty just as his trial was set to begin July 3, a jury pool having already been assembled and voir dire (speak the truth) about to start.

Tangas, who had been facing a 10-year prison term if convicted, pleaded to a single felony count each of showing a disregard for safety and threatening or dissuading a victim or witness from testifying.

The plea agreement called for a maximum two-year term, according to court records.

Tangas must also attend a substance abuse program while in prison, pay court costs and restitution.

He must also submit saliva and blood for the DNA felon data bank.

To read about the details of the arrest and events leading to his capture, please click

The alleged attack occurred Feb. 12 in the 32000 block of Dowling Court, in French Valley.

Brenda August 11, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Figures. Plead to a lesser charge get 2 years. That is like walking in and turning around and walking out. Should have gotten that alone for the 100 mile chase.
Jacki August 11, 2012 at 01:32 AM
This is horrible! Doesn't sound like justice at all!
Ken August 11, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Justice? I gave up on Justice being done after the O.J. trial.
Al Lee August 11, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Lucky for the victim, the state of California isn't too conservative like some states in the South or she'd be paying for her medical rape kit.
temeculan August 11, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Hey Mirna Alfonso, It would be good to know why the prosecutor folded up like a cheap lawn chair and allowed this....defendant....to plead out and get such a light sentence. Why the "slap on the wrist" plea agreement? We know he's a "white guy" with a drug habit. What else can you tell us Mirna? Given what we've seen here this is LA justice. Do the crime, pay the dime and no problemo!
Adrian August 11, 2012 at 04:00 PM
It all comes down to the burden of proof. So many people sail right out of accountability because the more severe crime cannot hit that bench mark. The other side of the proof coin, however, is that it prevents weak evidence from putting away someone innocent.
Southwestmom August 11, 2012 at 04:02 PM
It's time for a new DA in this county, there is no justice in commuting a rape & leading the cops on a 100-mile chase then being able to plea down to 2 years. All he will serve is a year at the most. That's an injustice itself!!!
Big John August 11, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Alleged??? WTF - I understand the legal term journalists must use when discussing crimes and those who commit them - after all the police do make mistakes and the wrong people are occasionally accused. But hello, this dirt-bag ADMITTED HE RAPED the woman - so why is he still afforded the benefit of the doubt by referring to him as ALLEGED?
Fred Kempf August 11, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Someone else that should never have been born! Hopefully he will get raped while in prison. That would be after they catch him after chasing him around the prison yard for a 100 miles. That would be justice!
Mirna Alfonso (Editor) August 11, 2012 at 04:46 PM
He did not admit to rape. He admitted to reckless disregard and threatening or dissuading a victim or witness. The rape charge was dismissed. We cannot call him a rapist, since he has not been convicted.
Al Lee August 11, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Wow Fred, since you are a witness to the crime, tell us all about it.....OH YOUR NOT?? Just angry at the world........or angry you don't live in a Muslim country where there is no justice, or a communist country, where they dont have rights......OH THATS RIGHT FRED......Yes Fred, some people SHOULD NEVER be born or maybe born without a brain.
Samantha August 11, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Things like this disgust me. There should be no ability to plea to lesser charges. Let's be realistic, a 2 year sentence - he'll serve what 50%? This happened over a month ago so with good behaviour he'll be back walking among us by in about 9 months. Great.
Al Lee August 11, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Samantha, don't you know ANYTHING about the court systems? They are overloaded. The judge and DA get elected based solely on their conviction rate. It is better for them, to make a quick deal, keep easy cases from taking up expensive court time, inching their conviction rate higher and higher. Its a win-win for the court. Unless you committed mass murder, everyone is offered a deal. Its part of OUR system of justice. Now with that said, make your judgments, but don't act like the system is some big surprise. The judge uses a scale.........its how it works. You can only serve the time you earned. If the rape charge was dropped, the court must have found it didnt have much of a case. You are already convicting someone based on the fact he ran, not the facts. The judge weighs only the facts.
kristin c August 11, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Al Lee, that's great, run them through the courts like an assembly line. Save everybody time and money... unfortunately there is no quality control so all of the bad apples are dispersed back into society to harm again. Where is the incentive to make these creeps stop hurting people? If this guy spent 10 years in prison and had to register on the sexual offenders list he would a lot less likely to repeat his crime. As it stands he will walk out of there a horny, angry man in 9 months and attack someone else. So the money the courts saved by ramming his case through will be spent (plus more) on a second trial and so on. I say do it right the first time. Id rather save a life than a few taxpayer dollars.
Fred Kempf August 11, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Wow, Al, you must believe in Santa Claus & the Easter Bunny too! You need to quit reading into things that aren't there. It makes you an addle pated ignoramus! In other words you don't have any answers to a despicable situation, just personal attacks.
Fred Kempf August 11, 2012 at 11:18 PM
As I stated before, hopefully he won't get out of prison as he will get raped, and then beaten to death by the other horny inmates. If he does get out, then let Al Lee personally attack him to death!!
temeculan August 12, 2012 at 06:42 AM
Mirna, Thank you for finally shedding some light on this murky story. You write, "He admitted to...threatening....a victim or witness" And, "you can't call him a rapist". Maybe you can't...but the girl he "did" might want to! This is a sick travesty of justice and it seems like you are holding back on the facts of the story. Why is that Mirna? Two short years.....is just wrong. This punk is a menace and in two years, he will be living on food stamps and taxpayer money so bleeding heart libs can feel compassionate.
lori page August 12, 2012 at 09:28 PM
glad you folks only hear one side of the story and make your judgements. i could give you all the details about this, but you all are to stupid to get that information. go ahead...slap me, dog me, drag me through the dirt with your comments. i can take it. until you know BOTH sides and the FULL story you really have no right to judge. oh...did i say i am his mom!?? i am...i know this girl and i know my son, WAY MORE THAN YOU IDIOTS DO.
Linda August 13, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Lori, I agree...easy to judge without knowing the facts. Through the year's have seem the system fail too many times to mention. Here is a fact for anyone with a son...all a young woman has to say is she was raped and the young man/man automatically goes to jail, and then has to prove he is innocent. So I hope your son's are never on the other side of this, and do not think for one second it will never happen to you or your family.
Linda August 13, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Sorry...seen
Tnslpp August 21, 2012 at 07:33 AM
Im sorry lori i was good friends with bryan i just went and visited him this whole thing is crap all the thoughts are with him and for everyone one else condeming you dont know shit yes the justice sysgem sucks im sure plenty of people commit crimes and get away with it but also the accused get screwed yeah maybe he shouldnt have ran but qho are you to judge im sure you are all not perfect
censored messenger August 24, 2012 at 10:05 PM
twink gonna make plenty of new friends in his new digs......9 months might be all he needs. try to relax and enjoy it bryan .

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