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North Augustan sentenced in MCG bathroom attack

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A relative of a 63-year-old woman who was violently assaulted in a bathroom at Medical College of Georgia Hospital last year said her family will sleep easier knowing that the attacker has been sent to prison for nearly 100 years.

Roger Bettis attacked a 63-year-old woman in a bathroom at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on June 3, 2009.   Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Roger Bettis attacked a 63-year-old woman in a bathroom at Medical College of Georgia Hospital on June 3, 2009.


Judge Carl Brown sentenced Roger A. Bettis to 95 years -- the maximum on all counts -- after a jury returned guilty verdicts against him Tuesday night. He had been charged with aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit rape and kidnapping, and weapons charges.

"We are very satisfied with the sentence, the jurors, the DA and everything," the relative said.

The decision follows two days of often grotesque testimony, in which Assistant District Attorney Adam King described Bettis as a man who stalked, assaulted and attempted to rape the victim because she was "the weakest, most innocent person he could find to have his way with."

The victim was already fearful of the fourth-floor MCG bathroom when she entered it at 8:40 p.m. June 3, 2009. She looked under the stalls to make sure no one else was in the room. Seconds later, she heard someone enter the stall next to her and saw a large pair of tennis shoes appear underneath the divider. She turned away, then looked back to see the shoes were gone.

"I didn't see anything, no feet, and I just panicked," the victim testified Monday. "I knew something was wrong."

Bettis jumped over the top of the stall, she screamed and he choked her. She passed out, but came to, so he punched her unconscious again.

A witness, Tammi Kates, interrupted the assault and was held at knife-point until Bettis could flee. Bettis had removed the victim's pants and his own.

Jurors heard from Bettis and his mother, Linda Bettis, during testimony Tuesday. Both denied that Bettis was involved in the attack. His mother, however, had previously told investigators that her son admitted to her he was at MCG during the time of the attack, King said.

Bettis was arrested several days later when he fled from police and crashed a stolen car into the Budget Inn on Broad Street. He was being pursued in connection with a gas station robbery.

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gijoe7898
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gijoe7898 10/20/10 - 03:58 am
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nice try mom, trying to deny

nice try mom, trying to deny your son was there. 2 eyewitnesses assaulted by this guy and you want a jury to believe you?

here's hoping this creep gets assaulted in the prison bathroom by a couple perps. this time, without interruption.

CABoatright
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CABoatright 10/20/10 - 07:20 am
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I'm with you gijoe...he

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I'm with you gijoe...he deserves nothing less than what he did to her.....for 95 years.

seabeau
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seabeau 10/20/10 - 07:26 am
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Indict the mother for

Indict the mother for perjury!!!

corgimom
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corgimom 10/20/10 - 07:27 am
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Oh, he will. They'll be

Oh, he will. They'll be waiting for him and watching for him to get off the bus.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 10/20/10 - 07:50 am
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What's with the picture? Was

What's with the picture? Was he getting his Glamour Shots portrait when they arrested him or something?

Indigo
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Indigo 10/20/10 - 07:56 am
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Seeee ya! NOT

Seeee ya! NOT

doc1962
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doc1962 10/20/10 - 08:06 am
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About time the court got it

About time the court got it right, Let just hope they don't let him out early.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/20/10 - 08:46 am
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Fast & swift .....AMEN to the

Fast & swift .....AMEN to the decision.....I was called & told last night that it was OVER...the family is so grateful that he won't be on the streets again......now they can spend their time helping her heal.....thank you jurors..:)

newsjunkie10
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newsjunkie10 10/20/10 - 09:03 am
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Great job......Adam King,

Great job......Adam King, Assistant DA, once again presented a solid case for the state in this trial. He is a great asset to the community because we are so tired of all the violence. Bettis will spend the remainder of his life in prison. There is justice in the world!

Hatfield0278
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Hatfield0278 10/20/10 - 09:15 am
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I guess castration wasn't an

I guess castration wasn't an option? When is he eligible for parole?

Farmboy
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Farmboy 10/20/10 - 09:59 am
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Put the animal back in it's

Put the animal back in it's cage.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 10/20/10 - 10:02 am
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Thank you anon 1974....I too

Thank you anon 1974....I too remember all of my jury days....If we love this nation & want real justice in this world....we need more common sense folks on our jury duty lists. imho

georgiasouthern
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georgiasouthern 10/20/10 - 11:10 am
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Give him No parole either!

Give him No parole either!

mable8
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mable8 10/20/10 - 12:16 pm
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corgimom: You have an

corgimom: You have an erroneous view on how some inmates are treated by other inmates based on the criminal acts which placed them in the "palace of the State." First of all, prison rapes are directed at those who are perceived to be the weakest, most vulnerable inmates as well as those who declare they are 'open to anything.' Whether or not inmates react in a vindictive manner towards a new inmate depends on the type of crime committed. Where there are children under a certain age (the younger, the more the reaction) who were sexually assaulted will, as you claim, generally result in the new inmate being assaulted him/herself. The more the adult is vulnerable, as in senior citizens and certain handicapped persons, then maybe the vindictive assault will occur. It is pure hollywood tripe that prison rapes mostly occur because the inmate has sexually violated another individual and was convicted for it. In the second place, many of the convicted rapists are the ones who do the rapes in a prison setting; they seem to wield positional power among the other inmates. My guess is that this piece of garbage will have his honey in no time--and no other inmate will intervene even when Bettis abuses his honey.
I have worked in a prison and know that rapes do happen, but not the way many in the public realm seem to believe, let alone for the reasons perceived by the public.

whyme
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whyme 10/20/10 - 12:48 pm
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The issue of prison

The issue of prison rape...why is it felt to be acceptable? Not specific to this or any other case, but it has always been a concern that violence is tolerated or encouraged in our prison systems, even seen as a rite of passage. I can certainly argue that the prisoner gets what he deserves, he should know it's coming before he commits the crime, etc. I could also argue that violence begets violence and some either innocent or less-violent criminals who don't "deserve" this still get attacked...comments?

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oldfella 10/20/10 - 06:05 pm
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Too bad he got a life

Too bad he got a life sentence. Now the City of Augusta won't get a chance to hire him! Regardless, he never actually killed anyone, so I guess he'd be under-qualified anyway.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/20/10 - 10:19 pm
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Whyme, prisons have very few

Whyme, prisons have very few happy, normal, well-adjusted people. They are filled with "people" that are violent, sociopathic and evil and who have grossly anti-social behavior.

They are in prison in the first place because they cannot follow the norms of society and lack self-control.

Do you think that being in prison changes that?

Southern_Patriot
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Southern_Patriot 10/20/10 - 10:22 pm
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Now he'll get the definition

Now he'll get the definition of "attempted rape" and he will be attempted with sucess

diamondpaste
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diamondpaste 10/20/10 - 11:47 pm
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Has MCG addressed the issue

Has MCG addressed the issue of security on the 4th floor.I think not.These halls are deserted at night.ICU unit doors are locked and female visitors still are expected to visit restrooms outside the unit. You would think by now,especially after this incident this issue would have been addressed.One attack is too many!

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