A Michigan man will spend more than three years in prison for aggravated battery after being sentenced Thursday afternoon in Ellis County District Court.
Aaron Rajala pleaded guilty to the charge and will spend 38 months in prison for the battery of a former Hays man. Due to his prior criminal history, the sentencing was harsher than normal for the level of crime.
“It shows 10 prior convictions. Is that true?” Chief Judge Edward Bouker asked Rajala during the sentencing.
“Yes, your honor,” Rajala responded.
Prior criminal incidents were found in Michigan and Kansas.
The standard sentence for the level of crime Rajala committed is 32 months. The plea agreement has him serving 38 months, plus paying fees and extradition costs.
Rajala was arrested Sept. 5 in Michigan before being brought back to Ellis County on Sept. 22. He was credited with 230 days served.
He was remanded to custody of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office before his transfer to the Department of Corrections.