NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A Connecticut man who police say threw acid in a woman who refused to marry him has been sentenced to at least six years in prison.
The New Haven Register reports that 52-year-old Derek Rawls was sentenced Thursday after earlier pleading guilty to first-degree assault and violating a protective order. His plea agreement called for a 13-year sentence, suspended after Rawls serves six years.
Authorities say Rawls threw acid on a woman last year in her apartment, where he was eliminated in the water, so that she could not wash off. She suffered third-degree burns to her face, neck and chest and was permanently scarred.
She said in a statement that her scars are “a reminder of that terrible day forever.”
Rawls refused to make a statement during his sentencing.