He walked in smiling and left crying.
A bawling rapist turned on the waterworks Thursday, begging for forgiveness and claiming he’d turned over a new leaf.
But Kevin Rios’ blubbering didn’t sway the judge, who slapped him with a 12-year sentence for the May 2006 gunpoint attack on a prostitute.
“This was a crime of extreme violence and cowardice committed against a defenseless victim,” said Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Thomas Farber.
Rios and another man robbed and raped a 30-year-old hooker – who testified about how he bragged he would never get caught because she was a woman “nobody cared about.”
He came into the courtroom smiling and nodded to his mom but began sobbing as he offered an apology of sorts.
“I don’t know what I’d do if that was my sister,” Rios said.
He wailed to the court about his “loving and supportive family.”
“I also wish to help others,” Rios said through his tears, claiming he someday hopes to help kids and work in a clothing store.
Prosecutors laid into Rios, labeling him a conniving sicko who didn’t see his prey as “a legitimate victim” because she worked the streets.