State: Alec Cook’s dangerous character traits call for lengthy confinement
MADISON, Wis. — State prosecutors are asking for a lengthy confinement for a former University of Wisconsin-Madison student who pleaded guilty to five felonies in connection with multiple sexual assault charges against multiple women, according to court documents.
Alec Cook pleaded guilty in February to five of the 23 charges against him. Judge Stephen Ehlke accepted the pleas for three counts of third-degree sexual assault, one count of strangulation and one count of stalking.
State prosecutors specifically asked the judge to sentence Cook to 19 years and six months in prison, followed by 20 years of extended supervision, according to court documents filed earlier this week.
“He sexually assaulted women, he strangled and battered women, he stalked women, and he tormented them as they went about their lives. His behavior satisfied his sadistic and narcissistic desire to inflict pain on women and to see women humiliated,” state prosecutors said in their sentencing memo.
Prosecutors said the number and seriousness of Cook’s crimes merits a significant punishment.
“He spent his time in Madison living only for himself and to satisfy his twisted and selfish sexual desires. Women were instrumental in satisfying his wants but their humanity was irrelevant. He enjoyed it when they did not,” prosecutors said.
Cook’s parents asked the judge to give their son a chance at redemption.
“To the women: We believe you when you say that our son took from you what was only yours to give. He was wrong and we are sorry,” Cook’s parents wrote in a letter to the judge. “To the court: We believe Alec was wrong. We believe in holding people accountable for their actions. We also believe in the power of redemption.”
Several victims sent letters to the Dane County judge ahead of Cook’s sentencing hearing Thursday.
“No sentence could ever be enough to atone for the crimes Alec Cook has committed. No sentence can give me my life back,” a victim said in a letter to the judge. “It can, however, protect his past and future victims. It is for this reason I respectfully ask that Alec Cook serves the maximum sentence allowed by the law.”
“I am writing this letter in hopes that you can spare other women from suffering at the hands of Alec Cook,” another victim wrote.
Cook’s lawyers also submitted a sentencing memo, but said they would be making their recommendation at Thursday’s hearing.
“It now lies with the defense to present the court with the full and accurate picture of this case, the ‘rest of the story’ facts that caused the state to settle as it did, on the crimes Alec Cook committed, not on the dismissed, unproven, unprovable crimes that both the state and some “victim-witness” statements urge this court to use as the erroneous basis for its sentence,” Cook’s attorneys said.
Accusations against Cook spanned from September 2014 through October 2016.
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