Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

CNHI/Southeast Iowa

May 14, 2014

Court rejects abuse appeals

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At sentencing, the prosecution recommended a suspended prison sentence based on McDaniel’s lack of a prior criminal history and voluntarily seeking counseling. The judge rejected the recommendation and sentenced McDaniel to no more than five years in prison.

McDaniel’s appeal hinged on whether the judge focused on the charges to the exclusion of other factors, thus abusing the court’s discretion.

The appeals court quoted from the sentencing record, citing the judge’s comments about McDaniel’s lack of a prior record and the impact on his family, in ruling there was no violation in sentencing.

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