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Man sentenced to life in prison in Airport Drive assault

By Derreck Booth Anchor/reporter
GAINESVILLE - A 35 year old man was sentenced to mandatory life in prison this week in a kidnapping and assault last year in Hall County.

According to Hall County District Attorney Lee Darragh, Jesus Arroyo Vargas was found guilty late Wednesday night of kidnapping with bodily injury, simple battery, false imprisonment, sexual battery and criminal trespass.

The case stemmed from the September 5, 2012 crime that happened at Vargas' home on Airport Drive, according to Darragh.

The victim, a neighbor who called 911, one of the first responding officers as well as a sexual assault nurse examiner, two Georgia Bureau of Investigation forensic biologists and the lead investigator in the case, Dan Franklin, testified during trial.

Darragh said testimony in the trial included details about the assault as well specifics about the injury to the victim, who Vargas knew.

"There was the defendent's DNA found on the victim in connection with the case and the evidence in court," Darragh said.

Following the verdict, Hall County Chief Superior Court Judge C. Andrew Fuller sentenced Vargas to life in prison for kidnapping with bodily injury, one year on the simple battery count, five years for false imprisonment, a year on sexual battery and a year for criminal trespass.

The sentence on each count will run concurrently, according to Darragh.

"The state appreciated the consideration and the verdict of the jury in this case to bring this man to justice for the crimes that he committed," Darragh said.

Senior Assistant District Attorney Juliet Aldridge and Chief Assistant District Attorney, Lindsay Burton handled the prosecution. Michael Saul represented Vargas.

The jury in the case was seated Monday.
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