By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
The Madison County Common-wealth’s Attorney has recommended a 20-year sentence for a man who pleaded guilty Thursday to sodomizing and repeatedly sexually abusing a young child.
Dustin Isaacs, 24, could have faced up to life in prison as sodomy of a child under 12 is a Class A felony, according to state law.
Isaacs, who was arrested Sept. 20, 2012, was scheduled to stand trial Monday, but chose to plead guilty Thursday to one count of first-degree sodomy and five counts of first-degree sexual abuse.
The prosecutor’s recommendation was 20 years for the sodomy charge and five years for each sexual abuse charge, to be served concurrently.
Part of the plea agreement was that Isaacs agree to give up his right to appeal the sentence.
Sex crimes are deemed violent offenses by statute, and Isaacs will have to serve 85 percent – 17 years – of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Upon release from prison, he will be required to register as a sex offender and be subject to the conditions of a five-year conditional release. He also will be required to undergo sex-offender treatment while in prison.
When Judge William G. Clouse asked for Isaacs’ statement regarding the crime, Isaacs did not provide any details.
“I made a statement, and that statement was true,” Isaacs said.
Assistant Common-wealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith said Isaacs was referring to a statement he’d made to a police officer and a social worker, confessing the crimes.
Isaacs’ sentencing is set for April 25.
Other sentencings Thursday in Madison Circuit Court were:
• Paul G. Robinson Jr., 59, first-degree sexual abuse (child under 12); five years. He will be required to register as a sex offender upon release and be subject to a five-year conditional release.
• Lynda K. Jones, 56, six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, receiving stolen property (under $10,000), first-degree fleeing and evading police, driving under the influence; five years
• Rebecca J. Kalman, 38, eight counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree bailing jumping; six years
• Justin M. Howell, 29, first-degree promoting contraband, first-degree wanton endangerment; two years
• Jeffrey S. Back, 44, two counts of receiving stolen property (one felony, one misdemeanor), third-degree possession of a controlled substance; two years probated for four years
• Vanessa L. King, 49, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense); one year probated for two years
• Shane D. Vance, 34, three counts of flagrant nonsupport; three years probated for three years
• Rena K. Matthews, 58, two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (first offense); two years probated for three years
• Priscilla A. Miller, first-degree promoting contraband; one year, ordered to serve another 30 days and conditional release upon admittance to in-patient drug treatment
• Conrad D. Smith, 29, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), tampering with physical evidence, driving under the influence (first offense); one year probated for three years.
• Kelley Dillard, 31, first-degree possession of a controlled substance; one year
• Jason Renfro, two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance; one year diverted for two years.
• Alan E. Thomas, 34, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree promoting contraband; three years, probated for three years
• Melonie L. Cole, 44, trafficking in marijuana and first-degree bailing jumping, six years, probated four years
• Jesse Dalton, 30, two counts of flagrant nonsupport, first-degree bail jumping; two years, probated for three years
• Matthew D. Lamb, 19, facilitation to manufacture methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia; two years, probated for three years.
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