Man gets 17.5 years for Orlando baseball-bat attack on 2 women
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A man was sentenced to 17 1/2 years in prison Monday for a downtown Orlando baseball-bat attack on two women in February.
Juan Carrillo is headed to a state prison for beating and robbing Catherine Nguyen and Rebecca Naudasher.
The women were trying to enter The Grande condominium complex when they were attacked by a man in a tie and dress shirt and armed with a metal baseball bat.
The incident was captured on a surveillance camera. After a flood of tips, Orlando Police identified the suspect as Carrillo.
On Monday in court, Carrillo apologized through an interpreter and said he was high on drugs during the attack.
"The absolute violence whether you were high on drugs or not, in which you attacked these young ladies with a metal baseball bat... I may have been basically handling a murder case today," Judge Janet Thorpe said.
The victims say they're relieved to finally have this incident behind them.
"I just wish this doesn't happen to anyone else cause it was pretty... pretty bad thing that happened," Nguyen said in court.
Said Naudasher: "I got around half dozen staples in my head, and also because my purse was ripped off of me and I was robbed, I fell hard to the cement."
Carrillo will have to pay restitution and faces five years of supervised probation when he gets out of jail.
The two women, meanwhile, are thankful that justice was served.
"This happened, but I'm not dead, and I thank God for that every day," Naudasher said.