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Ketchikan man sentenced to 10 years for assaulting woman

December 24, 2018

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A Ketchikan man who authorities said bashed a woman’s head into a car door before running over her foot was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Lapairs Shaw, 26, was sentenced last week in Ketchikan Superior Court after pleading guilty to second-degree assault in the attack on the woman in March, the Ketchikan Daily News reported .

Shaw smashed the woman’s head into a rental car door three times, according to court documents. She then fall back and was hit by the car door as Shaw reversed the car, prosecutor Timothy McGillicuddy said.

“He drove off, leaving the victim on the road, where she was found and left in the company of the party’s 4-year-old son who actually made the 911 call thinking his mom was dead,” Judge William Carey said during the sentencing hearing.

Their son witnessed the assault.

The woman was flown to a hospital in Seattle. The attack caused a laceration to her head, skull fractures and contusions on her legs. It also damaged her hearing, and she’s still using crutches to walk, McGillicuddy said.

At the time of the attack, Shaw was out on bail for a separate assault charge against the same woman. During court proceedings, two women had testified to Shaw’s character.

“My client hasn’t had issues with domestic violence with any other women,” said Jay Hochberg, Shaw’s public defender.

Shaw was also sentenced to five years of probation, and he must complete anger and substance abuse treatment. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim or her child.

“This man has inflicted direct harm on this child,” Carey said. “I think he continues to pose a danger to the boy psychologically.”

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Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.com