- Associated Press - Thursday, August 14, 2014

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - A Washington judge has imposed an exceptional 30-year sentence on a Portland, Oregon man, saying he showed no remorse for beating and raping a former girlfriend.

The Columbian reports (https://is.gd/F37XwK ) that 34-year-old Charles Paschal was earlier convicted of first-degree assault, first-degree rape and unlawful imprisonment. A Clark County jury also found that the crimes were aggravated because they were committed in the presence of children.

Paschal was sentenced Wednesday.

The newspaper says the aggravated nature of the crimes allowed Superior Court Judge Suzan Clark to impose a sentence greater than the state’s standard sentencing range of 17 to 22 ½ years.

The judge said she had planned to stay within the standard range but changed her mind after Paschal addressed the court. He apologized for striking the woman in March 2013 but said she hit him too and added, “I feel people are overlooking the hurt that’s inside of me.”

Paschal’s lawyer, Gregg Schile, says his client will appeal the judgment and sentence.


Information from: The Columbian, https://www.columbian.com

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