MADISON, Wis.– A judge on Thursday sentenced a former University of Wisconsin-Madison trainee to three years in prison for sexually attacking three female trainees and choking or stalking 2 others.
Dane County Circuit Judge Stephen Ehlke also sentenced Alec Cook, 22, of Minnesota to 8 years of extended supervision once he’s released from jail. Prepare pleaded guilty to the charges in February.
District attorneys were seeking 19 years behind bars, while defense lawyer looked for probation with the possibility of prison time.
Ehlke said he needed to give Cook credit for having no criminal record, no bail violations and sparing the victims a trial. The judge said he hoped that completion of criminal proceedings against Cook would “offer closure” to the victims, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. In court, Prepare tearfully apologized to the women, informing them that exactly what happened was not their fault.
“I’m sorry. I was incorrect,” Cook stated. “You informed the reality and everybody need to believe you. This is my fault. You didn’t deserve this. And neither did your households. To them, too, I’m so sorry.”
One victim stated in her impact declaration, “Part of me passed away in order to make it through that night with him which part of me will never ever grow back,” WKOW-TV reported.
Cook, a former UW-Madison business student, was at first charged with more than 20 crimes against nearly a dozen ladies, including misdemeanor disorderly conduct and felony sexual attack for events between September 2014 and October 2016.
He pleaded guilty in February to three counts of third-degree sexual attack. He likewise pleaded guilty to strangulation and stalking charges. After reaching the plea offer, the staying charges were dismissed, but the judge was permitted to consider them in sentencing Cook.
Cook was expelled from UW-Madison in June 2017.
The state Department of Justice dealt with the prosecution. Republican Lawyer General Brad Schimel said in a declaration that he was dissatisfied Cook got only three years and he was worthy of a lot longer sentence.
“At DOJ, we hope that Alec Cook stands convicted as a felony sex transgressor and is on his method to jail will give survivors faith that there are people in the criminal justice system who stand all set to eliminate for justice for them,” Schimel stated.
Asked if the company would appeal the sentence, DOJ spokesman Johnny Koremenos said only defendants can challenge their sentences.