Severe Assault Leads to 10 Year Sentence

Posted at: 11/08/2012 4:57 PM
Updated at: 11/08/2012 5:09 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It was an attack that left a 39-year-old man with permanent injuries, and another man with convictions for attempted murder and assault. And on Thursday, Galuak Rotgai learned his future.

“It was called in as an assault," Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi recalled.

When law enforcement officers responded to the City Limits apartments on the edge of Austin on April 8th, they found a beating victim suffering life-threatening injuries.

"The actual assault occurred with a baseball bat," Amazi said.

28-year-old Galuak Rotgai was arrested at the scene. In September, a jury found him guilty of attempted murder and assault. On Thursday, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

"He always claimed it was basically self-defense," Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi told us.

The state, citing the fact that the victim was struck in the head a second time after the first blow left him unconscious, asked for an upward departure from a presumptive sentence of 153 months. County Attorney Kristen Nelsen told the court the victim "will live the rest of his life in a nursing home.”

"Not technically life support, but certainly being aided to breathe," Sheriff Terese Amazi explained.

A pre-sentence investigation said Rotgai took "no accountability" for his actions.

Judge Fred Wellman, who pronounced sentence after reviewing case law, told the court it was a miracle the victim survived at all. Galuak Rotgai will be eligible for parole after serving two-thirds of the 240 month sentence.