Military veteran gets 14 years in sexual assault case

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MIDDLETOWN — A Connecticut military veteran who was accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl two years ago has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

The Hartford Courant reports a Middletown judge handed down the sentence to 36-year-old Robert Andrews on Tuesday.

Andrews, an 18-year veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, pleaded guilty earlier this year to first-degree assault, first-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.

The victim told police she asked Andrews for a ride to West Haven in November 2013.

She said Andrews put her in a headlock that caused her to pass out, and she woke up in a farm with her pants down.

Prosecutors say she suffered life-threatening injuries.

Andrews’ lawyer apologized for him and told the court that “some things are just inexplicable.”