From The Free Lance–Star:
A Spotsylvania County man was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for the repeated molestation of his 15-year-old daughter.
He pleaded guilty last fall to incest, sodomy, aggravated sexual battery and indecent liberties of the girl after his wife, the girl’s stepmother, hid video cameras in the family’s home after suspecting abuse.
[Defense Attorney Eugene] Frost asked the judge for a five-year sentence. The sentencing guidelines called for a midpoint of a 19-year active sentence.
But Beck deviated to a much lesser sentence than that recommended in the guidelines.
The total sentence given to the man was five years for each of the indecent liberties charges, life in prison for the sodomy and 20 years for both the incest and aggravated sexual battery.
Beck though, suspended all but two years on each conviction.
He also ordered that part of the time the man spends in jail be at a facility that offers sex-offender rehabilitation.
What exactly is the point of having sentencing guidelines when the judge essentially ignores them, especially when it’s for a crime like this?
Hopefully the next time Judge Beck is up for reappointment someone at the General Assembly remembers this and gives him hell for it.