A West Valley man will spend at least 15 years in prison for kidnapping and raping three women last year.
Third District Judge William Bohling sentenced Shane Allen Baum-gart, 21, to six 15-year terms at the Utah State Prison. However, citing Baumgart's youth, lack of prior criminal record and willingness to accept responsibility, the judge ordered the sentences to run concurrently."This is a terrible series of crimes," Bohling said.
Moments earlier, defense attorney Lee Rasmussen had asked for a maximum of 10 years for his client, saying Baumgart's actions had come as the culmination of "stress in his life that he could not cope with."
"Shane used sexual fantasies as a means of dealing with his stress," Rasmussen said. "And in this case it turned from fantasy to reality."
But prosecutor Dane Nolan pointed out the acts had been carried out in a calculated manner over a six-month period.
On April 16, 1997, an 18-year-old woman told police she agreed to go with Baumgart in his truck to show him how to get to a Magna raceway, according to court documents. However, Baumgart stopped the truck, choked the woman nearly unconscious and forced her into the back of the truck where he sexually assaulted her.
On Aug. 22, Baumgart offered a 26-year-old woman a ride while she was walking to work near 5800 West and 4700 South, the charges state. The woman accepted, but instead of taking her to work, Baumgart drove her a few blocks, stopped the truck and sexually assaulted her.
Two months later, A 20-year-old woman told authorities Baumgart lured her out of a Murray fast-food restaurant where she worked. Once outside, Baumgart forced the woman into his vehicle with a gun, drove her away from the restaurant and raped her, the charges state.
Baumgart was charged in in November with three counts of aggravated kidnapping and 11 counts of aggravated sexual assault, all first-degree felonies, but later agreed to the plea bargain after he was found competent to stand trial in January.
"I know I have done terrible wrong and that I have caused great pain and suffering to my victims," Baumgart said at his sentencing.
Baumgart's mother and father and one of his victim's parents also spoke at the hearing.
"Though the things Shane has done cannot be undone, I know he regrets his actions," his father said.
Bohling said he sympathized with both Baumgart's and the victims' parents, but "it seems to me there was almost a thrill in causing the terror of the victims."
"It's a mother's worst nightmare," said the mother of the 18-year-old victim. "On that night, her life changed forever."