26-year-old Sheridan resident Vincent Scott was sentenced Friday in 4th Judicial District Court in Sheridan. Last year in October, after a four-day trial, Scott was found guilty of three felonies and three misdemeanors.
The three felonies include 1st Degree Sexual Assault, Assault and Battery, and Child Abuse. The three misdemeanors are Domestic Battery, Interference with a 911 Call, and Violation of a Protection Order.
The crimes were committed on November 7th, 2009 in Sheridan at the home of his ex-wife, where Scott sexually assaulted her, beat her, and pushed his 5-year-old son down a flight of stairs during an ordeal that lasted throughout the evening and into the early morning hours of November 8th.
Scott also threatened numerous times to kill his ex-wife and their son. Their 3-month old daughter was also present in the home during the incident.
The victim addressed the Court prior to sentencing, where she spoke about how the actions of her ex-husband that night have changed her family's lives forever.
She stated that her son has post-traumatic stress disorder from the incident, and that it has left her scared and depressed and not certain whether she would ever be able to trust a man in her life again.
She also stated that she would rather be a single mother than raise her children with Vincent, who she described as being "not kind, not good, and not safe."
Scott also addressed the Court, albeit briefly, as his attorney had to read all but the first line of the letter he had prepared, because Scott became overwhelmed with emotion.
District Court Judge John Fenn handed down a sentence that was actually stiffer than what Prosecuting Attorney Dianna Bennett had asked for. Fenn sentenced Scott to six months on each of the misdemeanor charges to run concurrent to each other.
As for the three felony charges, Fenn sentenced Scott to 8 to 10 years on the Aggravated Assault charge, 4 to 5 years on the Child Abuse charge, and 35 to 40 years on the 1st Degree Sexual Assault charge. The sentences for the three felonies are to run consecutively, which means that Scott will serve a minimum of 47 years, with the possibility of serving up to 55 years in prison.
Scott was also ordered to pay $8,249 in restitution for injuries that the victim received from the abuse.