CONCORD, N.H. — A New Hampshire judicial panel has increased a convicted sex offender’s minimum sentence from 12 ½ to 20 years in state prison following a case review.

The Concord Monitor reports the three-judge panel increased the sentence after the prosecution requested the review for 50-year-old Ricky Flanders.

Flanders, of Warner, New Hampshire, was sentenced last August for raping a boy at gunpoint nearly three decades ago. Prosecutors thought the sentence was too lenient and recommended 20 to 60 years.

Flanders has said he is innocent; his lawyer asked the judges to uphold the sentence.


Information from: Concord Monitor, http://www.concordmonitor.com