A Riley County judge sentenced a 19-year-old Manhattan man to about 25 years in prison for attempted rape and a number of other charges Monday afternoon at the Riley County Courthouse.
Judge Meryl Wilson sentenced Tommie Baggett to the maximum amount for all counts, including 77 months for the first count of attempted rape, and a total of 190 months of consecutive sentences for two counts of attempted rape and two counts of aggravated burglary. Baggett was also sentenced to 13 months each for three counts of aggravated battery, which will run concurrent to the first offense.
“This was an offense committed in a brutal fashion and attempted choking of the victim and therefore the aggravated sentence is appropriate,” Wilson said of the first attempted rape count.
Wilson also sentenced Baggett to 80 months for seperate felony and misdemeanor drug charges related to distributing marijuana, 74 of which will begin after the sexual assault sentences have been served. He will also be subject to a 24-month post release supervision period.
Because of Kansas sentencing guidelines, however, courts cannot impose consecutive sentences that total to more than double the base sentence in one case — in this instance, no more than 154 consecutive months on top of the original 77 months for attempted rape. This means the consecutive sentences in the sexual assault case must be modified to not exceed that number.
The sentences stem from two incidents in 2017 in which three women, all roommates, were attacked and sexually assaulted at their residence. At a trial in June, a jury acquitted Baggett of four other sexual assault-related crimes with a fourth victim, who alleged Baggett raped her after meeting up through a dating website.
The judge ordered Baggett to register as a sexual offender, as well as pay restitution of nearly $13,000 to the Kansas Crime Victims Compensation Board and the victims’ then-landlord to cover the losses incurred for reducing rent for a year and installing security measures.
Baggett may be subject to lifetime post-release supervision for these crimes, but Wilson said a later determination would be made on Aug. 26 as to whether it is constitutional because Baggett was a juvenile when he committed the acts.
Before Baggett’s sentences were doled out, two of the victims read statements about how the incidents affected them.
While the women were identified by initials in court, it is the Mecury’s policy to not name victims of sexual assault.
The first woman said she is thankful that she had a community and resources to support her but others in similar situations may not. She asked the judge to impose the maximum sentences to serve as an example.
“I refuse to shut up and be quiet as I was told to with hands crushing my neck,” she said. “...Let this potentially be one less phone call to a set of parents. Let this be one less individual who is forced upon and stripped of their sense of safety.”
The second woman said she has suffered physically and mentally ever since Baggett attacked her, and the incident would be something that would continue to affect her throughout her life. She also asked for the maximum sentence allowable as she said she believed Baggett’s actions would only escalate.
“Tommie, you were a stranger to me,” she said. “You came into my home and you took so many things from me. You took my home, my safety, made my room into a crime scene and my stuff into evidence… but I am a fighter and I’m here today continuing to fight and finally getting the justice that I, like so many others, deserve.”