A depraved teenage girl who live-streamed a video of her friend being raped by a man has been jailed for just nine months.
Marina Lonina, 19, was sentenced in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday after accepting a deal with the prosecution and pleading guilty to obstructing justice.
Initially, Lonina faced 40 years in prison for charges of rape , kidnap, and sexual battery – but she pleaded not guilty to all counts.
The rape of her then 17-year-old friend, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was filmed while using the social media app Periscope last February. It was spotted by friends on the app, who reported what they had seen to police.
Lonina and her friend allegedly met Raymond Gates, 29, while they were out shopping.
The next day, they went to his apartment where, according to a prosecutor, they “drank alcohol until the victim was heavily intoxicated”.
Gates then forced himself on the victim while Lonina filmed through the app.
Gates was sentenced in October to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to one count of rape in the case.