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Door-to-door magazine salesman sentenced for assault

By Emiley Morgan | Posted - Nov. 10, 2011 at 2:56 p.m.

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AMERICAN FORK — A door-to-door magazine salesman who pleaded guilty to beating and sexually assaulting a woman who let him in her home following a sales pitch has been ordered to prison.

Brian Mask, 28, of Chicago, was sentenced to three years to life in prison for attempted murder, a first-degree felony, and one to 15 years for forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. Fourth District Judge James Taylor ordered the sentences to run concurrent with each other.

He also ruled that Mask pay nearly $14,000 in restitution.

The 58-year-old woman had opened her door on Aug. 25, 2008, to listen to Mask's sales pitch and then briefly allowed Mask inside to get her signature, police said. Mask then dragged the woman to a back bedroom in her American Fork home where he punched, choked and sexually abused her.

The victim later underwent facial reconstruction because Mask broke bones in her face and severely dislocated her nose.

The case was delayed following a number of inquiries into Mask's mental state. At one point, the man was deemed incompetent to stand trial, but nearly two years later it was determined that he had an "adequate understanding" of the proceedings, court records state.

Mask pleaded guilty to both charges in September.


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