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Nebraska man gets new prison sentence for sex assault

February 14, 2018

KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — A Gibbon man originally placed on probation for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl has now been sentenced to prison for the offense.

The Kearney Hub reports that Taylor Welty-Hackett was sentenced Monday to one to five years in prison.

The sentence comes after the Nebraska Court of Appeals in December overturned a decision by Buffalo County District Judge Bill Wright to sentence Welty-Hackett to four years of intensive supervised probation. Welty-Hackett had been convicted of sexually assaulting the girl in 2015.

At the sentencing hearing, Wright had called the victim the “aggressor” and said “she made the advances.” Buffalo County Attorney Shawn Eatherton appealed the sentence.

With credit for time already served, Welty-Hackett will be eligible for parole in three months.

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Information from: Kearney Hub, http://www.kearneyhub.com/

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