Two separate cases of incestual cases have received disproportionally different sentences, which have left people scratching their heads, confused and angry. In Fresno, California a 41-year-old man received 1,503 years in prison for repeatedly raping his teenage daughter on a weekly basis over a four-year period. By contrast, a Montana dad who repeatedly raped his 12-year-old daughter received a mere 60 days.
The millennium and a half sentence was handed down Friday after the father, whose name is not being used by many media outlets to protect the victim, turned down two previous plea deals, which would have put him away for 22 years at most. But the defiant, deviant dad wouldn’t budge and admit his guilt, nor any remorse. He was found guilty of 186 felony counts of sexual assault, including dozens of counts of rape of a minor, for raping his daughter two to three times a week from 2009 to 2013, when she was finally able to get away from him.
As to the other case, Montana state law requires a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison for anyone convicted of rape, incest or sexual abuse of a child 12 or younger. However, it also enables judges to bypass those mandatory sentences at their discretion. That is how District Judge John McKeon was able to suspend the 30-year sentence of a father who pled guilty to incest after it became known that he had repeatedly raped his 12-year-old daughter. The man will now have to serve 60 days in jail over the next six months, and already has 17 days credit for time served. The case came about after the girl’s mother walked in on her husband raping the daughter. Despite this, the mom and the victim’s grandmother wrote letters to the judge, pleading for leniency. Judge McKeon is vociferously defending his actions, saying a court evaluator believed treatment for sex offenders would benefit the man.
Many are comparing the lenient judgment in Montana to that of rapist Brock Turner, who received a six-month sentence, and served only three, after forcing himself on an unconscious girl after a frat party at Stanford University. As in the Stanford case, an online petition (screenshot above) is seeking to impeach Judge McKeon, and so far has gathered more than 100,000 signatures. Prior to the trial, McKeon announced his retirement next month after serving as a state judge for 22 years.