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Appeals panel orders prison sentence for man in sex case

November 13, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska Court of Appeals panel has ordered that a man who got some jail time and probation for attempted child sexual assault be resentenced to prison.

A majority of the panel found that a Sarpy County district judge was too lenient when he sentenced 42-year-old Jason Gibson to six months in county jail and five years’ probation.

Prosecutors say Gibson was an Air Force master Sergeant when he contacted a then-18-year-old DeArch Stubblefield early last year and set up sex with the 15-year-old girl. Stubblefield was a star football player for Bellevue West with no criminal history at the time. He was sentenced last year to 20 to 40 years in prison.

The appeals panel recognized Gibson’s military service and his lack of a prior criminal history, but said “a term of probation depreciates the seriousness of the offense and promotes disrespect of the law.”

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