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Dover man gets prison for drugging 3 women in Portsmouth
Aaron Bonds, 45, was sentenced Monday in Rockingham County Superior Court for drugging three women in July 2012. (JAMES A. KIMBLE PHOTO)
Aaron Bonds, 45, was chided by a judge during his sentencing hearing in Rockingham County Superior Court on Monday for giving the women cocaine laced with a drug that made them sick and unable to move. Bonds gave them some of the cocaine while the women were bar hopping in Portsmouth on the night of July 10, 2012, and brought them more of the drug at an apartment later on in the night.
On Monday, Bonds received maximum prison sentences for three felony drug convictions that he will serve consecutively. A jury found him not guilty last month of aggravated felonious sexual assault. A mistrial was declared on two other sex assault charges.
Bolton said Bonds remained unconcerned when the women began getting sick right in front of him. The woman had no idea what exactly was happening to her, Bolton said.
Delker said he found the testimony of the 26-year-old woman who testified about being sexually assaulted as being credible, despite the jury’s findings.
Defense lawyer Brian Lavallee argued that Bonds should have drawn a time-served sentence after spending nearly two years in jail awaiting trial.
Lavallee argued that his client should only be punished for providing the drugs, not the sexual assault allegations.
Delker rejected that argument, saying he could take into account all of the testimony he heard at trial.
“This is about your conduct and what you did that night,” Delker said. “To argue that this is a simple drug possession case is a gross distortion of the facts of what the court heard during the course of the trial.”
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