Sex offender sent to prison
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
Sarprio Doranti, a client at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program’s Moose Lake facility and a frequent visitor to Carlton County Court, was sentenced Monday on three different counts of felony fourth-degree assault: one for demonstrable bodily harm and two counts of throwing or transferring bodily fluid or feces in incidents at the MSOP facility.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, three charges of terroristic threats, one charge of disorderly conduct and one count of first-degree criminal damage to property were dismissed.
Doranti was sentenced to a total of 38 months in prison, Assistant Carlton County Attorney Jesse Berglund said, which includes time for the new fourth-degree assault charges as well as previous assault charges that Doranti pleaded guilty to in May. He will be credited for 10 months he has already served in Carlton County jail as well.
Doranti was supposed to have been sentenced on the charges in February, but prosecution and defense disagreed on the actual length of the prison sentence because the May sentence was
Berglund said Doranti also pleaded guilty to two other assault charges but the sentences were stayed, as long as he does not offend again.
Berglund had hoped for a longer sentence, but Judge Robert Macaulay ruled in favor of the defense.
Defense attorney Nichole Carter said her client was pleased with the sentencing.
“I think he was happy that the court made the state uphold its end of the bargain,” said Carter, who (along with attorney Matt Benfield) has taken over defending the MSOP criminal cases in Carlton County Court.
Berglund said he hoped the stayed sentences will be an incentive to Doranti to not indulge in similar behaviors.
“I think we’re doing a great service getting [Doranti] off to the Department of Corrections, who can better handle this type of behavior,” he said.
After Doranti serves out his sentence, which could be reduced by one-third for good behavior, it will be up to the Department of Health and Human Services if he is returned to Moose Lake, released or goes elsewhere.
Doranti has been a client at the Moose Lake MSOP facility for more than 20 years.
Prior to his commitment there, he was named Elliott B. Holly, later changing his name to Sarprio Doranti. Under the Holly name in 1981, he was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after he invited a mentally ill woman to his apartment, where he pulled a knife on her and forced her into sex. The state court of appeals later reversed the conviction based on the district court’s failure to sequester the jury during deliberations. The state did not retry Holly because he had almost completed the sentence imposed.
In 1984, Holly committed violent sexual assaults on three women in separate incidents. In one incident, Holly asked the victim for a ride and started to sexually assault her. Before the woman escaped the vehicle, Holly bit her on the right cheek, hit her face on the console and choked her.
In another incident, Holly robbed and raped a woman while she held her 7-month-old child, whom he threatened to kill.
In 1985, Holly was
sentenced to nine years in prison. According to court records, he spent significant time in a segregated unit for disciplinary reasons. He used manipulative ploys to draw female staff to his cell in order to masturbate in front of them.
In 1991, prior to his release from prison, the Commissioner of Corrections filed an administrative petition to commit him as a psychopathic personality. The court found him to be a danger to society, lacking customary standards of good judgment with respect to sexual matters, and likely to reoffend without effective treatment. Doranti unsuccessfully appealed that decision in 1992, 1994 and 1996.