CU student surprised her attacker getting out of jail early

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BOULDER, Colo. -- It was a violent attack on a female student in Boulder last year.

Galen Bercau was sentenced to five years in prison for the attack on Paris Bradley. She and her mother have been at every court hearing since the attack in March of last year.

They’ve been at every hearing except Wednesday’s where they say a judge changed Bercau’s five year prison sentence to probation.

Paris Bradley is an aspiring journalist and model. One year after her attack, her mother remembered the night that nearly killed her daughter’s dreams.

“About a block from her house this guy jumped out of the bushes grabbed her and beat her head against the pavement,” said Kimberly Bradley. Last March she said she thought her daughter was going to die.

A student who heard the attack happening pulled Bercau off Bradley. “We first heard the screaming and our first reaction was we hope no one was hurt,” said that student.

Bercau faced eight aggravated felonies including robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and assault on a police officer.

Most of those crimes carry five year minimum mandatory prison sentences. Bercau pleaded guilty to two of them. He was sentenced to five years in prison. The sentences were to be served concurrently.

“I was kind of shocked. The minimum sentence was 10 years in prison,” said Bradley.

Wednesday Judge D.D. Mallard changed her mind, dissolving the prison sentence and allowing Bercau to serve the remainder of his sentence on probation.

Bradley is angry the Boulder District Attorney's Office never called her daughter to notify them the hearing was taking place.

“The DA called her (after) and said we made a mistake. We thought it was Friday and apparently (Bercau is) out today, said Bradley.

The state’s victim’s rights law requires victims to be notified of any hearing affecting them and they must be allowed input. The family says that never happened.

The night the attack happened a second girl who was with Bradley was also attacked.

That victim’s family disputes Bradley’s account and says both victims were made aware that Bercau would be released at six months.

That victim says she was notified of Wednesday’s reconsideration hearing. Bradley still maintains they were not notified.

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