State judge sentences Gonzales man to 35 years in prison for molestation of young girl


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GONZALES, Louisiana — A state district judge has sentenced a Gonzales man to 35 years in prison for the molestation of a young girl.

Prosecutors say 40-year-old Joseph Scott McKinney faced up to 99 years in prison after Ascension Parish jurors unanimously found him guilty Sept. 10 of a single count of molestation of a juvenile.

The Advocate reports ( Judge Jason Verdigets handed down the sentence on Monday.

Prosecutors accused McKinney of molesting the girl on several occasions when she was between 6 and 13 years old. Parish sheriff's deputies arrested him in January 2013 after the girl came forward.

Information from: The Advocate,

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