Prison term for bru­tal rape, rob­bery

Judge orders 30-year sen­tence, suspended after 20, for at­tack on trans­gen­der col­lege stu­dent

Connecticut Post - - NEWS - By Daniel Tepfer

BRIDGE­PORT — Clearly Tysaan An­der­son wasn’t tak­ing his sit­u­a­tion se­ri­ously.

Fac­ing sen­tenc­ing Fri­day for rob­bing, beat­ing and rap­ing a trans­gen­der col­lege stu­dent, An­der­son turned around and smiled at fam­ily in the back of the court­room and then stared mock­ingly into his lawyer’s face as the at­tor­ney tried speak­ing in com­pli­men­tary terms about his client.

“It’s re­ally said how one hu­man be­ing can so bru- tally treat an­other hu­man be­ing,” Su­pe­rior Court Judge Robert Devlin lamented. “The vic­tim ... has been shat­tered as a re­sult of this.”

The judge then sen­tenced the 23-year-old An­der­son, who pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty first-de­gree ag­gra­vated sex­ual as­sault and first-de­gree rob­bery, to 30 years, suspended after he serves 20 years in prison and fol­lowed by 20 years of pro­ba­tion.

An­der­son was on pro­ba­tion in con­nec­tion with the Au­gust 2012 fa­tal shoot­ing of a Bridge­port high school stu­dent, when on Feb. 6, 2017, he saw the 22-yearold vic­tim, who iden­ti­fies as male, get­ting off a city bus.

The vic­tim was walk­ing home, lis­ten­ing to mu­sic on head­phones when, Se­nior As­sis­tant State’s At­tor­ney Colleen Zin­garo said, An­der­son struck the vic­tim in the back of the head, knock­ing him to the ground. He then dragged the vic­tim into a drive­way. When he re­al­ized, after go­ing through the vic­tim’s cloth­ing, that the vic­tim was anatom­i­cally fe­male, An­der­son beat and raped the vic­tim, Zin­garo said.

An­der­son fled after tak­ing the vic­tim’s cell­phone and money. The vic­tim, who suf­fered a frac­tured eye socket, had to un­dergo fa­cial re­con­struc­tive surgery at Yale New Haven Hospi­tal.

“This had a very trau­matic ef­fect on the vic­tim, and I don’t think the de­fen­dant un­der­stands how bad that was,” Zin­garo con­tin­ued as An­der­son stood at the de­fense ta­ble, smil­ing.

Five days be­fore the as­sault, po­lice said, An­der­son robbed a young woman at gun­point in the city us­ing a sport util­ity vehicle for his get­away. Po­lice said he stole that vehicle from a man at gun­point out­side a store on Wayne Street.

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