Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that a 33-year-old Middlesex Borough man was sentenced today to serve up to 16 years in a New Jersey state prison for holding a woman against her will and sexually assaulting her.
Chi H. Lo was sentenced in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Alberto Rivas, who said the defendant must serve 85 percent of the term before he can be released on parole.
The judge ordered the defendant pay $25,000 in restitution to the state Victims of Crime Compensation Board, which paid that amount to the female victim in this case. The judge fined the defendant $1,480 and reduced the prison term by 419 days he has been in custody since his arrest.
In addition, he is subject to parole supervision for life and must register as a Megan’s Law offender when he is released from prison.
The defendant was sentenced after he previously pleaded guilty to first-degree counts of kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault under an agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Scott LaMountain.
The defendant admitted inviting the 35-year-old victim to his apartment for lunch, and then sexually assaulting her at knifepoint.
During the attack, the defendant punched and choked the victim and slashed her upper left arm when she tried to escape.
After the victim was released, she told a co-worker about the attack and was taken to Somerset Medical Center, where she was examined and treated for her injuries.