ELKO, Nevada (AP) - A former youth sports umpire has been sentenced in Elko to four consecutive life prison terms for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl.
James Gibson, 52, was convicted in January on four felony counts of lewdness with a child under 14. A jury aquitted him of child sexual assault.
Under the sentence imposed Monday by District Judge Andrew Puccinelli, Gibson must serve 40 years before he is eligible for parole.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Torvinen noted the victim was 12 years old when the abuse began. Gibson was 50.
Defense attorney Roger Stewart asked the court for leniency, saying Gibson freely admitted to police there was improper contact with the victim.
Gibson blamed his behavior on being distraught by the deaths of friends and family members, as well as marital and family problems.
Information from: Elko Daily Free Press, http://www.elkodaily.com
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