Monterey Park attacker sentenced

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Ted Sullivan
Thursday, June 18, 2009
— Kenneth D. Jarrett was beaten while growing up, lived in foster homes and eventually turned to a life of crime.

He quit school after ninth grade, used drugs and alcohol and had at least 34 criminal convictions before he robbed a teenage couple and raped the girl in Monterey Park in September 2007.

“Mr. Jarrett, you’ve done some very bad things. You’ve victimized people for many years,” Rock County Judge James Daley said Wednesday after summarizing Jarrett’s past.

“No matter what circumstances you grew up with, you’re still responsible for what you do.”

Jarrett, 22, Janesville, was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison. He will be on extended supervision or probation for 40 years following his prison sentence.

Jarrett was convicted on two felony charges of first-degree sexual assault and two felony charges of armed robbery.

Two 14-year-old Janesville teens were walking near Wilson Elementary School on Sept. 28, 2007, along the edge of Monterey Park when Jarrett approached them with a knife, according to the criminal complaint. Jarrett took their money, threatened the boy and told him to walk away, according to the criminal complaint.

He then sexually assaulted the girl, according to the criminal complaint, and DNA evidence tied him to the crime.

Jarrett said Wednesday that he isn’t a bad man.

“I’m deeply sorry and have remorse for the victims,” he said. “I have potential and everything. I just have to apply it.”

He added he didn’t want his toddler son to grow up without a father.

One of the female victim’s family members told Jarrett he belongs in prison.

“You took her innocence and almost her life,” she said.

The male victim’s father told Jarrett his son is still afraid to be out alone at night. He said his son questions whether he could have reacted differently that night.

“He won’t talk about what happened,” the father said.

Deputy District Attorney Perry Folts said Jarrett’s life of crime began when he was 7. He previous convictions for sexual assault, robbery, battery, theft, bomb scare, burglary, resisting arrest and other crimes.

“He’s not able to control himself,” Folts said. “He’s not able to control his anger, and he takes it out on other people.

“That’s an atrocious record, your honor,” he added. “He drinks, he smokes marijuana, he gets mad at somebody and takes it out on somebody else.”

Darlene Piche, the grandmother of Jarrett’s son, said Jarrett is a good man.

“He would never harm his kids. He’s a good man,” she said.

“Kenny is a good man. He just needs a little help. He’s a good dad.”

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