(MLIVE) — A Muskegon County judge went above state sentencing guidelines to order Kurtis Peter Peterson to state prison for between one and 15 years for repeatedly having sex with dogs.

State guidelines would have meant a sentence to the Muskegon County Jail plus probation, with the jail sentence certain to end almost immediately because Peterson has already spent 321 days in jail.

A sentence to the Michigan Department of Corrections – even though Peterson will be eligible for his first parole consideration soon – makes it likelier he’ll be kept in a controlled setting, which 14th Circuit Judge Timothy G. Hicks considers essential.

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