Man gets 12 years for attacking girlfriend.
A 20-year-old man who attacked his girlfriend in a downtown Eugene motel in March will serve 12 years in prison under a plea deal he made Wednesday in which a charge of attempted murder was dropped.
Edward Leo Gent and the victim had reunited March 26 after the victim fled to California after an earlier dispute, Lane County Deputy District Attorney Erik Hasselman said in court.
Gent, who has a criminal history running back to age 14, flew into a rage after the woman received a text message from a former boyfriend, Hasselman said.
He tore a towel bar off the wall and tried to strangle the victim. He burned her face with a cigarette, tied her in a bathtub filled with cold water and threatened to electrocute her by throwing an electric hair dryer into the water, Hasselman said.
The woman ran naked to the motel manager, who phoned police.
Gent fled but was captured a few days later when the victim persuaded him to rejoin her at a downtown hotel, Hasselman said.
He pleaded guilty to first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, menacing and strangulation in exchange for a 12-year sentence allowing no early release under the state's mandatory sentencing law, Measure 11.
Defense lawyer Ilisa Rooke-Ley said Gent has had a life of loss and abuse, having lost his brother at age 3, his mother to a traffic accident at age 7, and his alcoholic father to suicide.
A mental evaluation suggested Gent suffers post-traumatic stress syndrome, Rooke-Ley told Lane County Circuit Judge Karsten Rasmussen.
She said Gent's background helps to explain, but does not excuse, his behavior.
Gent, who recently lived in Linn County, Eugene and Springfield, said nothing in court. The victim did not attend the hearing.
Under the plea deal, Rasmussen imposed a mandatory 71/2-year term for kidnapping and an additional mandatory 41/2-year term for assault.
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|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||May 22, 2008|
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