- Associated Press - Monday, November 2, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A Burlington man is facing sentencing this week for beating a female relative nearly to death with a baseball bat.

Prosecutors said James Scarola, a self-published author of horror and science fiction novels, hit the woman with a baseball bat on Sept. 22, 2013 and sexually assaulted her.

He pleaded guilty in March to aggravated domestic assault and no contest to attempted second-degree murder and sexual assault charges. He then said he wanted to withdraw his guilty pleas, claiming he didn’t understand what he was agreeing to but a judge denied that request last month.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday and faces 20 year to life in prison.

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Information from: WPTZ-TV, https://www.thechamplainchannel.com

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