A store manager who was shot 12 times for cooperating with police following a robbery at Gen X clothing store won’t have to live in fear.
A Douglas County District Court judge on Friday sentenced 19-year-old Gatdet Chuol to 65 to 90 years in prison for his role in the store robbery and subsequent violent coverup.
“This should send a message to people who commit crimes, that they won’t be able to get away with trying to assassinate the witness,” said prosecutor Michael Jensen.
Chuol, a Sudanese immigrant, had pleaded guilty to robbery, use of a weapon to commit a felony and criminal conspiracy in the June robbery of Gen X clothing and the later attempt to kill Matthew Kim.
Chuol must serve 35 years behind bars before becoming eligible for parole.
Judge Thomas Otepka said Kim’s survival is a miracle and he shouldn’t have to live in fear of Chuol or another possible attack.
Chuol’s lawyer Douglas Johnson said his client’s family was shocked by the length of the sentence. Chuol had written a letter asking the judge to consider a 20-year sentence.
In June, Chuol’s brother, Gamar Chuol, 17, is scheduled to be sentenced for his role in the Kim’s assault.
Gamar Chuol pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and weapon use and faces five to 100 years in prison.
Prosecutors said while Gatdet Chuol was in jail for the robbery, he recruited his younger brother to shoot Kim.