Val­ley County, Mon­tana

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Le­niency out­cry: A cam­paign has been launched in Mon­tana for the dis­missal of a judge who sen­tenced a child rapist to just 60 days in prison. Un­der the terms of a plea deal, the de­fen­dant, who had re­peat­edly raped his 12-year-old daugh­ter, was go­ing to serve 25 years be­hind bars. But Jus­tice John McKeon de­cided to set this aside, and handed down the far lower term, cit­ing let­ters from the vic­tim’s mother and grand­mother plead­ing for clemency. McKeon is the lat­est in a series of judges to face an in­ter­net-driven back­lash against sen­tenc­ing per­ceived as too le­nient. This one is un­likely to be suc­cess­ful, how­ever, as the judge is due to re­tire within weeks. In con­trast to the Mon­tana case, a judge in Fresno, Cal­i­for­nia, last week sen­tenced a man to 1,503 years in prison for rap­ing his daugh­ter 186 times. Rene Lopez, 41, had de­clined a plea deal term of 13 years.

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