Cruise Ship Worker Who Attacked Passenger Could Get Longer Prison Time

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A Holland America crew member who attacked a passenger – attempting to rape and kill the female passenger – may face a tougher punishment than first thought.

Because the crimes were ‘so extreme’ and had ‘devastating effects’ on the passenger, a push will be made for tougher sentencing to match the severity of the assault.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Catherine Koontz has suggested a punishment of between 24 and 30.5 years in prison. Current sentencing guidelines suggest sentencing of 14 to 17.5 years.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 7, 2015.

The crew member, Ketut Pujayasa is an Indonesian citizen and was a room service attendant for the Holland America Cruise Line’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam.

Read more details in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel here.

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