7-Year Prison Sentence in Brutal Domestic Abuse Case

Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that Vikas Jagota (DOB 08/16/76) of 28 Butternut Drive, New City, New York was sentenced to seven years in state prison following a jury trial that found him guilty of:  

• One count of Assault in the Second Degree, a class “D” Felony • One count of Abortion in the Second Degree, a class “E” Felony 
• One count of Endangering the Welfare of Child, a class “A” Misdemeanor 
• One count of Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, a class “A” Misdemeanor 
• Three counts of Assault in the Third Degree, class “A” Misdemeanors relating to the repeated assault on his wife.  

District Attorney Zugibe said, “The defendant’s pattern of violent conduct left his wife bloodied, bruised and emotionally scarred and clearly showed that he is a threat to public safety. A jury has held him accountable for his crime and the court has now imposed its penalty of imprisonment. Today’s maximum sentence is more than warranted considering the physical and emotional damage that the defendant inflicted on his wife and child."

On May 22, 2012, following the sentencing of the defendant’s brother in Rockland County Court in an unrelated case involving forced labor and physical abuse, the defendant became enraged and assaulted his wife in their home at 28 Butternut Drive, New City.  

Jagota repeatedly slapped the victim in the face and forced her wrist through a glass cabinet. As the brutal assault continued, the defendant prevented the victim from calling police by slamming his fist onto her head, causing her to drop the telephone and collapse. Jagota continued to kick the victim as she lay on the floor.  

Additionally, the defendant repeatedly slapped the couple’s young child in the face during this violent altercation.

On September 22, 2012, Jagota punched his pregnant wife in the abdomen and the following day she miscarried.  

On December 31 2012, the defendant again assaulted his wife. She again attempted to call 911, but was stopped by her mother-in-law.

The victim later told an acquaintance about the repeated abuse, who contacted Ramapo Police.  

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Amanda Doty.
Charles Clewsow April 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM
Pretty light sentence for someone who murdered a baby. What gives with Zugibe's office? He pressed the EASY BUTTON on this case.
Roadrunner April 25, 2014 at 04:18 PM
No surprise with da office. Rabbi in Monsey molested young boy and received no prison time. Now another light sentence for a murder and abuser. Little league treasure steals money from the league and gets no prison time only has to pay back stolen money. Something's wrong with the judicial system in Rockland
Charles Clewsow April 25, 2014 at 04:23 PM
7 years and he will probably do 3 for murder?
M. Leybra April 26, 2014 at 09:21 AM
There were 5 counts, none were for murder. I would agree 3 years would be a slap on the wrist, 7 should be the MINIMUM for such brutal assaults, but even that wont likely turn this man into a less evil person than he obviously is.
Charles Clewsow April 26, 2014 at 10:34 AM
He killed a baby and should have been charged with Murder or Manslaughter. The baby is dead.


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