Ex-Fiance of Former "Beauty" Queen/U of A Law Student Convicted of Kidnapping and Assault
The ex-fiance of Kumari Fulbright, the former "beauty" queen/University of Arizona law student, most famous for terrifying us all with her Gremlin-esque mugshot, was convicted yesterday for his role in the 2007 kidnapping of one of Fulbright's ex-boyfriends.
The jury found 47-year-old Robert Ergonis guilty of kidnapping, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, assault, and armed robbery.
The verdict comes less than a week after Fulbright testified against him in court in exchange for a plea deal in her own kidnapping/assault cases.
Fulbright's testimony helped convince jurors that Ergonis was a key figure in the kidnapping.
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In her testimony, Fulbright told jurors she felt duped Ergonis into committing the kidnapping and robbery, KGUN reports.
"I felt bamboozled," Fulbright said. "I felt like my pride was hurt because I considered myself a good judge of character, someone who was smart. And here I am, with someone who I just dated (who) was educationally inferior to me, not as well-read, not as well-traveled, and he completely pulled the wool over my eyes, so I think I was, I felt conned."
During the kidnapping, prosecutors say Fulbright, Ergonis, and another man held her ex-boyfriend hostage for about 10 hours, while robbing and torturing him.
According to prosecutors, Fulbright was angry about some jewelry she believed the ex-boyfriend stole from her to pay a drug debt, and in the course of torturing him, she stuck a butcher's knife in his ear and bit him several times.
Fulbright's case received a lot of media attention because, aside from being a promising law student charged with kidnapping, the above mugshot could double as a Halloween costume.
Ergonis' sentencing is scheduled for December 16. Fulbright's is scheduled for early 2011.
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