Nevada judge changes his mind and cuts child molester’s prison term from life to one year

By Travis Gettys
Thursday, March 20, 2014 11:18 EDT
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A judge apparently changed his mind after sentencing a child molester to life in prison and cut the Nevada man’s prison term to just one year.

Washoe District Judge Brent Adams blamed a “mistake” on a clerical error in filing Wednesday after he verbally sentenced Isaac Onsurez last week and electronically filed it the following day, reported the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Under the original sentence, the 69-year-old Onsurez would have been eligible for parole after 10 years.

But he’ll spend no more than one year in prison and five years on probation under the amended sentence, which caught prosecutors and the victim’s family by surprise.

“It was the harshest sentence he could impose, and that was the justice we were looking for,” said the girl’s mother. “Then two days later we get a phone call.”

The judge called prosecutors and defense attorney last week to tell them he’d changed his mind, but he said only that it had not been his intention to sentence Onsurez to the maximum 10 years to life in prison.

Onsurez pleaded guilty in December to lewdness with a minor under 14, which carries a minimum 10-year prison term.

Prosecutors said he sexually abused a family member more than 100 times over two years in the late 1990s, starting when the girl was 6 years old.

Prior to Dec. 31, 1999, which prosecutors said was the day the molestation stopped, the penalty for such a conviction was probation.

Onsurez was deemed a low risk to offend again during two psychosexual evaluations before his sentencing and probation was discussed during a hearing last month, but his plea agreement indicated the maximum 10-to-life prison term.

The victim reported the abuse in 2012 after a family friend reported similar crimes as a child, the girl’s mother said.

Onsurez confessed to the sex acts between 1997 and 1999, saying the victim was a “curious child that wanted sex,” according to police.

He told investigators he knew it was wrong, but he couldn’t help himself.

The victim’s mother said Adams had sent a clear message to other sex offenders with his sentence.

“If you are a young adult and suffered child sexual abuse in Washoe County, more than likely if it happened in the 1990s, your abuser is not going to receive prison (sentence),” she said.

Watch this video report posted online by the Reno Gazette-Journal:

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