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DOVER — A Portsmouth man convicted of beating a former Planet Fitness employee to retaliate for an alleged theft of $30,000 by her boyfriend will spend at least 18 months in state prison.Jordan Lamonde, 23, was sentenced to two to five years behind bars with six months suspended from the minimum Wednesday afternoon at Strafford County Superior Court in Dover.Judge Mark Howard said he watched the 28-second video of Lamonde assaulting 19-year-old Erin McCarthy outside the Rochester gym multiple times and was struck by the way her head snapped back as Lamonde kneed her in the face."The nature of that attack was quite brutal," Howard said.Howard also pointed out the amount of planning it took to find out where McCarthy worked and what time she would finish her shift on June 12, 2017.Lamonde's grandmother, Roxanne Lamonde, began to cry as Howard read the prison sentence. She had just pleaded with the judge to be lenient, saying he has lived with her since he was a senior in high school."You have only seen 28 seconds of his life. The worst 28 seconds of his life," Roxanne Lamonde said.She described her grandson as someone who loves animals and little kids and talked about how Jordan Lamonde has been publicly shamed time and time again.Roxanne Lamonde said they have had to flee restaurants with meals left unfinished when people recognize her grandson from the media coverage of his case.Jordan Lamonde's mother, Tonya Sorrell, also asked for a reduced sentence.
She said his only sibling wants to have him at her graduation in the spring.Before asking for prison time, Deputy County Attorney Timothy Sullivan explained to the court why Lamonde — who had been free on bail - appeared in a Strafford County House of Corrections outfit and shackles.Sullivan said that on Tuesday at around 7 a.m. Lamonde broke out of his GPS monitoring device. He turned himself in at 11 a.m. and allegedly tested positive for THC and cocaine.Lamonde has tested positive for THC multiple times while on bail, according to court paperwork. Sullivan expressed his frustration to Howard and said it proves Lamonde is hard to monitor in the community.Sullivan read a victim impact statement from McCarthy which said, in part, "I may have been able to take what he did to me, but I am no Superwoman."Howard said Lamonde is lucky McCarthy was not more seriously injured in the attack, in which Lamonde came up behind her, threw her on the ground, kneed her in the face and punched her in the head multiple times before fleeing the scene in his vehicle.
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