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Man facing prospect of life in prison on rape charge gets time served on lesser charge


WILLISTON, North Dakota — A Williston man who was facing a possible life prison sentence if convicted of rape is out of jail after being sentenced to time served on reduced charges.

The Williston Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1SO2vzr ) that 32-year-old Dominic Rollice recently entered an Alford plea to two misdemeanor sexual assault charges.

He was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail and given credit for the time he'd spent behind bars since his arrest in early August. He was released last week.

Rollice initially had faced a felony gross sexual imposition charge that could have landed him in prison for life without any chance of parole.

Defense attorney Liz Pendlay called the original charge "egregious" and said "law enforcement missed the ball."

Police Lt. Dave Peterson said the case was handled correctly.

Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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