Daily Bulletin — A former state corrections officer, who was a co-defendant in an Ontario Mills kidnapping and rape case, was released from custody today during a sentencing hearing in West Valley Superior Court, in Rancho Cucamonga.
Jeff Jelinek appeared before Judge Shahla Sabet, who gave Jelinek credit for time served in jail and sentenced him to 5 years 4 months in prison.
But because Jelinek provided testimony in the case against co-defendant Anthony Orban, he is being released. Jelinek, who previously pleaded guilty to charges of false imprisonment, accessory after the fact, and assault with a weapon, testified during Orban's trial as part of a plea bargain he made with prosecutors.
"The court deems that you have served your prison term and you will be released," Sabet said.
Orban was convicted last year of kidnapping the victim, a waitress, at gunpoint on April 3, 2010 in the mall parking lot and making her drive to a Fontana shopping center where he then beat and raped her.
The defense blamed the attack on prescription drugs that Orban was taking, including Zoloft.
The victim did not attend the hearing nor provide a statement. Jelinek's family and friends showed up in court to support him.
Jelinek's mother, who declined to give her name, said: 'I'm very happy. He should have never been here in the first place.'