- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) - A convicted rapist who fled to Naugatuck rather than face up to eight years in prison, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

The Connecticut Post reports (https://bit.ly/XSJWTj ) that Dardian Celaj was sentenced Monday.

Superior Court Judge Frank Iannotti told the 36-year-old Albanian the original plea bargain was off the table because Celaj fled.

Celaj, who operated a social club Street in Derby, pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual assault for raping a barmaid at the club in March 2012.

He was released on bond but was warned by the judge that if he failed to appear for sentencing he could face 20 years, which is the maximum sentence.

Celaj didn’t show up for his Aug. 1 sentencing. He was arrested by U.S. marshals in Naugatuck on Aug. 28.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, https://www.connpost.com

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