Former U employee sentenced

A former U employee who assaulted a co-worker with a rubber mallet last October has been sentenced to up to five years in prison.

Qin Cai plead guilty Monday to three felony counts of aggravated assault.

According to court documents, Cai, who worked at a U lab, became attracted to a 41-year-old female co-worker last fall. Cai’s co-worker was walking to her car on Oct. 16 when he repeatedly struck her in the head with a rubber mallet, according to court documents.

He then forced her into the back seat of the car and tried to tape her mouth shut, the documents state. The woman jumped into the driver’s seat of the car and tried to get away. Cai’s ex-wife then showed up and he left the woman alone.

Cai, 31, was initially charged with first- and second-degree felony, but they were amended to third degree April 14.

“As brutal as the attack was, her injuries didn’t fit into the serious bodily injuries category,” said Deputy District Attorney Angela Micklos. “The only long-term consequence has been memory.”

Micklos said the second-degree felony kidnapping charge was lowered because Cai seemed to feel remorse after the initial attack when he expressed his wish to transport his coworker to the hospital.

Cai said nothing further in his defense during the trial.

The Board of Pardons will now decide how long Cai will spend in prison.

After he finishes his sentence, Cai will be deported back to China.

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