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Is the Three Strikes law working as it is intended?

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - We're learning new information about the man accused of brutally attacking a 20-year-old woman inside a San Marcos smoke shop. Jason Stey committed suicide while in custody, so there will never be a trial. However, given his lengthy criminal history, questions remain on whether he should've been a free man in the first place.

The bruises on her face now healing, Milan Leone bravely shared her story with CBS News 8 of what happened to her inside her workplace on Sunday.

"One of the times he hit me, I remember feeling my mouth fill up with blood," she said.

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The man accused of attacking her, 27-year-old Jason Stey, was a customer who'd been in the shop a couple of times before. Leone treated him like any other customer, with no idea he had a criminal past.

Another woman also tells CBS News 8 Stey attacked her at a friend's house back in 2008. She wasn't sexually assaulted, and the case was classified as a misdemeanor.

Criminal defense attorney Alan Bloom took a look at Stey's record, a record that also includes burglary and assault with a deadly weapon convictions from 2005. In 2006 there were convictions for receiving stolen property and vehicle theft. In 2011 he was sentenced to 4 years in prison for assaulting a man with a knife, but like in many cases, Stey didn't end up serving his full sentence.

"He didn't exactly get chances. A conviction occurred and the judge didn't say bye, see you later. The judge put him in jail. The question was, and now we know and wish that incarceration had been longer," Bloom said.

In the past, Stey's father wrote numerous letters to the court pleading on his son's behalf, just one of many factors Bloom says the judge takes into account during sentencing.

"The justice system is flawed, it makes mistakes on both sides. If you're this young lady or her family, our hearts go out. There's no question they feel the justice system is flawed, and they're right," Bloom said.

Bloom points out there were no previous sexual offenses on Stey's record here in San Diego County, so he says what he's accused of doing last weekend did not fit his past behavior.

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