Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell declined to say what his sentencing recommendation would be.
"I think that a lengthy sentence will be appropriate based on the case," he said, adding that the circumstances of the abuse, especially that Newman was a trusted adult, led to his decision.
He said the fact that Newman pleaded guilty had little bearing on Merrell's sentencing recommendation.
"In some cases that certainly does make a difference; however, just based on this particular case and the facts of the case and its broad impact, you might say, I don't think it's going to make a difference," he said.
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Taney County prosecutor will recommend lengthy sentence for Pete Newman
Barring unexpected circumstances, Pete Newman is being sentenced as this is being written. And one thing is for sure. Based on quotes in an article in today's Springfield News-Leader, Taney County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Merrell is going to ask that the book be thrown at the former Kanakuk Kamp director: