September 20, 2014
ELKO, Nev. (AP) - A former Elko police captain has been sentenced to life in prison for incest with a teenage girl five years ago.
Elko County District Judge Nancy Porter said 41-year-old Aaron Hughes will be eligible for a parole review in two years. She rejected his lawyer's plea for probation.
The Elko Daily Free Press reports the victim read a letter in court about how the crime had left her humiliated, angry and suffering in isolation.
Hughes told the judge he took responsibility for his actions and said, "I wish I could repair it." He also apologized to local law officers for betraying their trust.
Police Chief Don Zumwalt says he hopes that now the case is closed his department can heal "from the wounds inflicted by one of its own."