120 Years For Man in Gurnee Mills Assault

A Wisconsin man is sentenced to 120 years in prison for kidnapping a woman outside Gurnee Mills, then sexually assaulting her

By Lacey McCraney
|  Friday, May 20, 2011  |  Updated 8:14 AM CDT
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A Wisconsin man who abducted a woman at Gurnee Mills nearly a year ago and sexually assaulted her was sentenced to the maximum sentence.

Richard Gallatin, 38, of Kenosha, Wis., will spend the next 120 years in prison. A judge handed down the punishment in Lake County, Ill., Thursday.

Associate Judge George Bridges called Gallatin "pure evil" and told him his "actions are appalling," according to the Sun-Times.

A jury found Gallatin guilty last month of aggravated criminal sexual assault, kidnapping, aggravated robbery and aggravated criminal sexual assault.

Gallatin took the woman from a parking lot at the shopping mall, forced her to drive him to an ATM and then to a remote location where he sexually assaulted her.

Judge Bridges pointed out during the sentencing the attack happened less than a month after Gallatin was released from prison in Wisconsin where he served time for attempted criminal sexual assault of a child in 2003.

Prosecutor Ken LaRue says the attack forced the victim, a 19-year-old woman from Grayslake, to struggle during her first year in college and to contract a sexually transmitted disease.

When asked if he had a comment in court, he said he had "nothing to say."

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