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Gurung Sentenced for First-Degree Murder and Attempted Second-Degree Murder

December 20, 2023

The Attorney General’s Office today announced that Aita Gurung, 40, has been sentenced to 35 years to life, with 27 years to serve, for the murder of Yogeswari Khadka, and 20 years to life, to run concurrently, for the attempted murder of Tulasa Rimal. Mr. Gurung was found guilty of the charges by a jury on November 3, 2022, following a four-week trial. The Court, Judge John Pacht presiding, sentenced Mr. Gurung following a two-day hearing.

“Yogeswari was a brave, hardworking mother who immigrated to the United States in hopes of building a brighter future for her family. Her voice and the voice of her mother, Tulasa, who tried to save her, deserved to be heard. We are grateful that Tulasa and members of her family were able to share with the Court the impact that these tragic acts of domestic violence had and continue to have on their lives,” said Attorney General Charity Clark. “We also want to thank the Burlington Police Department for their assistance to the Attorney General’s Office and the jury for their thoughtfulness through a long and difficult trial.”

“I want all victims of domestic violence to know you are not alone,” added Attorney General Clark. “I especially hope that this message reaches members of our community for whom English is not their first language. I want you to know that every member of our community deserves to feel safe, be heard, and know their rights and what resources are available to them. Service organizations and law enforcement agencies have interpreter services.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. This hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

CONTACT:   Lauren Jandl, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171