Ricardo Solis, 50, of Ceres, has been convicted of failing to register as a sex offender, a felony.
Deputy District Attorney Erin Peck said Solis is a convicted rapist who was most recently sentenced to 18 years in prison for two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury. After serving time in prison, Solis ditched mandatory supervision after his release. He was eventually arrested for violating his parole.
Parole agents notified Ceres Police in March that Solis was in custody on a parole hold and that he was out of compliance with his annual sex registration requirement. Solis's previous rape conviction required that he register his current address information with law enforcement every year within five working days of his birthday. Police investigated, and learned that Solis had not registered since Sept. 30, 2015, thus failing to register for all of 2016. Solis admitted to police that he knew he was required to register, but did not want to because he knew about the outstanding parole warrant and did not want to go back to prison.
Solis was convicted on Aug. 30 after a one-day jury trial in front of Judge Ricardo Cordova. The jury also found true that Solis had been previously convicted of rape and twice convicted of assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury, all "Strike" offenses under California's "Three Strikes" law making Solis eligible for increased punishment.
Solis faces a potential maximum sentence of 27 years-to-life in state prison when he returns to court on Oct. 30 for sentencing.