Supreme Court upholds Wyoming man's sentence in sex abuse case,

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CASPER, Wyoming — The Wyoming Supreme Court found no misconduct during the sentencing of a sex offender in Sheridan County.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1xhmfkr ) Andrew William Deeds was sentenced last October to five consecutive sentences of 12 to 18 years for repeatedly raping a girl, for a total of 60 to 90 years.

Deeds argued the prosecutor denied him due process by saying that fellow jail inmates heard Deeds brag about the rape. The Supreme Court ruled that Deeds would first have to prove that the sentencing judge relied on the "bragging" accusation in sentencing him. The justices said Friday that the judge already knew Deeds had not taken responsibility for his crimes.

The Supreme Court did ask the District Court judge to clarify whether the two years Deeds served before his sentencing would apply to one or all of his sentences.


Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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