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January 30, 2013

Victim: Attacker should get longer prison term

Judge sentences man to minimum 10 years for robbery, pistol whipping

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Taveras required dozens of staples to his head and multiple trips to the hospital, and told Judge Whitehead in his statement that he still has troubles as a result of the beating.

Whitehead said the only reason he wasn’t imposing more time behind bars was because Gonzalez was accepting responsibility and avoiding putting the state through the burden of a trial. “The level of gratuitous violence was significant and life-threatening. Mr. Taveras was fortunate to have a gun of his own,” Whitehead said.

Michael Hickey, a Salem attorney who represented Gonzalez, said the case was difficult, given the fact Gonzalez and Tejada were found in the building. “Judge Whitehead commented that it was an indefensible case,” Hickey said. None of the charges were reduced or dropped in exchange for the plea, he said.

Tejada, 44, pleaded guilty Jan. 5, 2012, to multiple counts of armed robbery, kidnapping and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Salem Superior Court. He was sentenced to a minimum of six years and no more than 81/2 years in state prison, followed by 11 years of probation.

Staff writers Yadira Betances and Julie Manganis contributed to this report.

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