(KNBC-TV) A public push has started to have an Orange County judge, who gave a convicted child rapist a lighter sentence than mandated by state guidelines, removed from the bench.
The controversy centers around the 10 year sentence given to Kevin Jona Rojano-Nieto, 20, convicted of sodomizing a 3-year-old relative. The minimum sentencing in this case was 25 years to life in prison. Judge M. Marc Kelly decided to ignore those guidelines citing the mandated state sentencing as “cruel and unusual punishment” for a man who came from a broken family and had been abused himself as a child.
“How dare a sworn member of the judiciary tell the family and through their family a 3-year-old child that the sodomy was not brutal,” Supervisor Todd Spitzer said.
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