While it may seem stressful for a Connecticut resident to go through a criminal investigation, fully researching the charges and potential sentences can often help an accused individual make more informed decisions. In some sexual assault cases, it may become appropriate to pursue a plea bargain with Connecticut prosecutors rather than allowing a judge or jury to rule on guilt or innocence. Making this decision will depend upon the facts of a specific case and a particular individual's own personal preferences.
In one case that received a great deal of media interest, a 33-year-old man made the decision to plead guilty after negotiating one such agreement with officials. As a condition of the plea deal, the man will receive an 18-year prison sentence for the sexual assault charge he had been accused of committing. This sentence will run concurrently with a 15-year burglary sentence he had already received.
The sexual assault charge had stemmed from an attack that had been carried out against a jogger in West Hartford, Connecticut. The sexual assault took place just under three years previously, and the victim was surrounded by supporters as the man's sentence was read in court in late May. Police officials began pursuing the man as a suspect previously because of DNA that had been recovered in the case and tied to the 33-year-old.
This man accused of sexual assault was fortunate in that he was able to reach a plea deal that allowed his rape sentence to be served concurrently with his burglary sentence. This is one reason that some defendants choose to negotiate such plea agreements with Connecticut prosecutors. Whether this decision is a right one for a particular individual will need to be decided on a case-by-case basis, since some people may prefer to vigorously fight sexual assault charges in a court of law rather than pleading guilty.
Source: CBS Connecticut, "Sentencing in 2010 Sexual Assault," May 23, 2013