Here is a sad story out of McAlester. On Wednesday, 64-year-old David Harold E. Earls, pleaded no contest to charges of rape and sodomy of a 5-year-old girl, and was sentenced to one year in prison.
Apparently the little girl did not qualify as a witness, and rather than lose the conviction all together they let Earls plead out.
Here is what Assistant District Attorney Mike Miller had to say about the deal.
We couldn’t keep her (the victim) in the chair long enough to get the questions out of herEarls will get one year in prison, and then be required to register as a level 3 sex offender, which will require him to verify his address every 3 months.
We thought it was better to take a plea bargain to secure a conviction rather than risk not getting a conviction at all based on (the victim’s) inability to testify.
It's disconcerting that this had to happen, but I understand the prosecutor's unwillingness to let him get off scott-free. Sad news all the way around.