Friday, November 30, 2012

Denver International Airport (KDEN) rape victim: I don't feel safe anymore, rapist sentenced to at least 6 years


DENVER - The woman who was raped at Denver International Airport told the court Friday "I have a large fear of not being safe anymore."
 She spoke during a sentencing hearing for former Marine Noel Bertrand who was previously convicted of sexually assaulting the woman he had met at an airport bar.

Bertrand was sentenced to six years to life in prison for the April 2011 incident. Bertrand was facing life in prison.

The prosecution told the court Bertrand was a danger to the community and "probation would be a disgrace in this case."

The woman testified that after having drinks with Bertrand, the two moved to a concourse, where he attacked her after she refused a kiss.

She told jurors she didn't scream because she was being choked. Two airline mechanics intervened when they saw her struggling.

Bertrand served on Marine security details at U.S. embassies in Dublin, Ireland; Caracas, Venezuela; and Doha, Qatar.

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