Man who threw acid on ex-girlfriend gets 6 years in prison

Derek Rawls (Photo provided by the New Haven Police Dept.)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who police say threw acid at a woman who refused to marry him has been sentenced to at least six years in prison.

The New Haven Register reports 52-year-old Derek Rawls was sentenced Thursday after earlier pleading guilty to first-degree assault and violating a protective order. His plea agreement called for a 13-year sentence to be suspended after Rawls serves six years.

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Authorities say Rawls threw acid on the woman last year at her apartment, where he had turned off the water so she couldn’t wash off. She suffered third-degree burns to her face, neck and chest and was permanently scarred.

She said in a statement that her scars are “a reminder of that terrible day forever.”

Rawls declined to make a statement during his sentencing.

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