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Man sentenced for Falls Lake beating

Posted September 26, 2011

— A Raleigh man sentenced to at least four years in jail for the beating of a fisherman at Falls Lake last year begged his victim for forgiveness on Monday. 

Jesse Cole Shuping, 28, of 7900 N. Nevada Drive, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He pleaded guilty Monday to the lesser charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and assault inflicting serious bodily injuries in the Aug. 13, 2010, beating of 66-year-old Kue Tai near the intersection of New Light and Ghoston roads.

Shuping was sentenced to between 49 and 67 months in prison and more than two years of probation.

"I am so sorry. I never meant for this to happen. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me," Shuping said to Tai. 

Defense attorney Robert Padovano said Shuping has little recollection of what happened that day.

The attack occurred after Shuping's girlfriend claimed a man tried to rape her in the woods, Padovano said. The incident sent Shuping into a rage.

"I took off (and) saw a man walking away. She said, 'That was the guy,'" Shuping said.  "I asked him, 'What did you do to my girlfriend?' It seemed he was laughing."

Shuping said he remembers hitting Tai. "I have had to replay the incident over and over," he said. 

Tai told authorities that Shuping said repeatedly that he was going to kill him.

"His attacker continued to hit, kick and punch him for what he described seemed like forever," Wake County Assistant District Attorney Colleen Janssen said.

Tai's family members said he had to literally crawl to the road to get help after the attack. Tai had five broken ribs and cuts to his liver. He has lost vision in his left eye and hearing in his left ear and incurred more than $80,000 in medical expenses, Janssen said. 

"He sees those eyes in his nightmares every night," Janssen said. 

Tai, who speaks Mandarin, said through an interpreter that he plans to seek restitution at a later date. 

Shuping said Tai was an "innocent victim" and doubts his girlfriend's story was true. 

"It could have been a desperate cry for attention," he said. 

Jesse Shuping, beat up man at Falls Lake Man pleads guilty in Falls Lake beating

Tai said he was moved by Shuping's apology and hopes he will turn his life around. 

"After the apology, I am shaking. I am very happy," Tai said. "I hope that he will never harm another person. He harmed one person. He harmed an entire family."

Prosecutors said Shuping's hands and feet were deadly weapons, based on his military background, which includes six years with the military and one deployment to Afghanistan. Shuping was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse issues. He had been treated at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Durham, but not consistently, prior to the attack.

Padovano said Shuping has also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He said his client needs medication for post-traumatic stress disorder and to undergo drug and alcohol counseling.


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  • Lightfoot3 Sep 27, 2011

    For the amount of damage he did, I would give him the death penalty.

  • farpost12 Sep 26, 2011

    PTSD is real. Try having someone shooting at you; shooting at others; scooping fellow soldiers' remains into body bags; smelling the stench of human decomposition, all of these almost daily for 18 months at a time. Many with multiple deployments. You would have these same soldiers and marines just come home as if nothing ever happened, as if they were off on a tropical vacation. We did these things so you wouldn't have to; all we ask in return is a little compassion and understanding. No, PTSD is not an excuse as there is assistance available to all veterans who suffer from it. However, to dismiss it as an unreal illness is asinine. It is instances as unfortunate as this, especially to the innocent victim Mr. Tai, that awareness be brought to the real illness that is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, hopefully to the thousands of veterans that do suffer from PTSD and are afraid to seek assistance and/or counseling at the VA. It does help to talk to someone; trust me, I know for a fact.

  • farpost12 Sep 26, 2011

    golo - God forbid you actually let an actual veteran with PTSD who has been in Afghanistan and Iraq comment on this story! How many times are you actually going to block my posts? Too many biased people serving as moderators.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Sep 26, 2011

    The girlfriend is not to blame. He is responsible for his own actions. People need to take responsiblity for their own actions and quit trying to blame everyone else when they fail.

  • howdiditgettothis Sep 26, 2011

    Please. Spare us.

    He's got all these "problems" now.........most of which sound like too much time on his hands, and poor choices with money (squandered on drugs and alcohol).

    PLENTY of veterans saw & did a lot more than him, and none of them are running around beating folks up.

    Sounds like a light sentence if you ask me.

  • jag53 Sep 26, 2011

    his GIRLFRIEND began the event, she may have a history of similar cry wolf episodes, she, as well as this sick individual, is at a minimum equally culpable... have seen this enabling behaviour before... and, the attention she sought, occurred, unfortunately, she should also be indicted; and prosecuted...

  • Fireflies Rock Sep 26, 2011

    poor innocent man out fishing for the day, left with no sight and hearing on one side?! This was a horrific beating and totally inexcusable. I can't believe other postings indicate "I would have done the same thing"...there seem to be an awful lot of you with anger issues and a "ask questions later" mentality. Perhaps you'll be on the receiving end from someone else with your mentality someday.

  • amenmike Sep 26, 2011

    Spare me the ptsd stuff, he was bigger, stronger and more brutal than this poor victim and he beat the man. He knew he could, he thought he'd get away with it, he didn't and now he should pay everyday for the rest of his life. Not saying he should go to prison for the rest of his life but he should work to redeem his soul.

  • hpr641 Sep 26, 2011

    And the girlfriend got ......?

    The ... hmm, a correct, yet accurate term that'll be acceptable to WRAL's censors? ... carbon-based lifeform essentially yelled "Fire" in a crowded theater and then sat back and laughed as someone got trampled. I'm serious - she told her military-trained, PTSD-suffering, drug and alcohol using boyfriend that she had just suffered an attempted rape. Granted, Shuping was the bomb, but that girlfriend was the fuse.

  • Servent Sep 26, 2011

    "I am so sorry. I never meant for this to happen. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me," Shuping said to Tai.

    Padovano said Shuping has also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He said his client needs medication for post-traumatic stress disorder and to undergo drug and alcohol counseling.

    I'm tired of this, you do it you pay, no plea, right is right wrong is wrong