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Judge who gave suspended sentence for incest speaks out

McKeon defends suspended sentence as appropriate in specific case


October 17, 2016

Amy Beth Hanson

Associated Press

HELENA — An eastern Montana judge who has been criticized for handing down a suspended prison sentence in an incest case defended his decision in a statement released Friday.

District Judge John McKeon said Valley County prosecutors did not challenge a psychosexual evaluation that said the 40-year-old defendant could be safely treated and supervised in the community. The plea agreement that recommended at least a 25-year prison sentence allowed for a lesser sentence depending on the results of the evaluation, he noted.

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