Burlington man gets 35 years to life in prison

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BURLINGTON — Aita Gurung, 40, has been sentenced to 35 years to life, with a minimum of 27 years to serve, for the murder of Yogeswari Khadka.

He was found guilty of attempting to murder his mother-in-law with a meat cleaver back in 2017.

Additionally, he received a concurrent sentence of 20 years to life for the attempted murder of Tulasa Rimal. The sentencing follows Gurung’s conviction on November 3, 2022, after a four-week trial, with the decision handed down by Judge John Pacht during a two-day hearing.

Attorney General Charity Clark remarked on the tragic nature of the case, highlighting the impact of the domestic violence incident on the victims and their family.

Yogeswari Khadka, described as a brave and hardworking mother, had immigrated to the United States with hopes for a better future for her family.

Clark emphasized the importance of hearing the voices of the victims, including Tulasa Rimal, who tried to save her daughter.

The Attorney General also expressed gratitude to the Burlington Police Department for their assistance and to the jury for their diligence throughout the trial.

In light of this case, Attorney General Clark addressed all victims of domestic violence, especially those in the community for whom English is not the first language, reassuring them that they are not alone and deserve to be safe, heard, and informed of their rights and available resources.

She also highlighted the availability of interpreter services in service organizations and law enforcement agencies.

Victims of domestic violence are encouraged to seek help and can reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, available 24/7.

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