SALT LAKE CITY — Former Brighton High School and University of Southern California football star Osa Masina was sentenced Tuesday to serve a year in the Salt Lake County Jail for sexual battery.
Masina, 20, was ordered to be taken into custody immediately. He and some members of his family and friends gathered in the courtroom were visibly upset as the imposing 6-foot-4 athlete was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.
“I’m very disappointed with it,” Masina’s attorney, Greg Skordas, said of the sentence after the hearing. “We expected and hoped for a lesser jail sentence.”
On the other side, the victim in the case, a woman Masina has known since high school, said while she’s not sure justice was served by what she felt was a light sentence, she was happy to finally have the opportunity to tell her side of the story in public.
“I feel like a lot of people weren’t sure of what really happened, and I feel like I was able to tell the story and the true story and how it’s affected me. (The defense) talked a lot about how he’s lost everything. But I don’t think a lot of people realize what I’ve lost. All the therapy sessions I had to be in, all the nights that I couldn’t sleep, the nightmares, the flashbacks. I’m really happy that his family and everybody else got to hear what really happened,” she said.
The woman asked that her name not be used.
Masina pleaded guilty in October to three counts of sexual battery, a class A misdemeanor. He was originally charged with forcible rape and two counts of forcible sodomy, all first-degree felonies punishable by up to life in prison.
Third District Judge Keith Kelly sentenced Masina to one year in jail on each of the sexual battery counts and ordered that those counts be served consecutively. He then suspended the sentences for two of those charges in lieu of probation.
Masina was accused of raping the woman in Cottonwood Heights following a party with friends. The woman was heavily intoxicated at the time. She argued she never gave consent for the sex, let alone the brutal nature of the assault that left her with physical injuries. Masina said he believed the sex was consensual.
“I never had the chance to say no,” she said. “I never had the chance to even fight him off or resist or anything.”
That incident followed a similar encounter in Los Angeles…