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According to Donatello, Alfonso never said he had used bath salts until he was interviewed after his July guilty plea.
Alfonso's behavior on the day of the assault was not consistent with those who are high on bath salts, she said, noting that Alfonso was able to converse with police and was in control of himself just an hour after the incident.
Douglas disagreed, noting that when officers found Alfonso on Monroe Street, he approached the officers and was Tasered twice.
"He was literally out of his mind," Douglas said, asking Farkas for less the maximum of 15 years behind bars.
The victim was not in court Monday, but her mother was. Donatello read a letter written by the girl in which she also asked, "why?"
"I was scared," the girl wrote. "I wasn't able to go home ... . I want him to go to jail forever."
Alfonso received a 15-year sentence at the insistence of the district attorney's office, after trying to bargain for a 10-year maximum with his guilty plea to a lesser charge. Originally Alfonso was charged with second-degree attempted murder, assault and strangulation.
Prosecutors wanted more jail time for Alfonso because it's his second felony conviction, Donatello said. He was convicted of criminal sale of a controlled substance in 2008.
Prior to the attack on the girl, it's known that he slashed the mother's tires, Donatello added.
Alfonso was ordered to submit to five years of post-prison release supervision. The girl and her family were granted an order of protection.
Alfonso apologized, first to the court, then to the victim, turning around to face her family in the gallery. He said he didn't know the why, but he knew the who.
"I'm not blaming anybody but myself for my actions," he said.Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.