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Wyoming Supreme Court Upholds Life Sentence

Wyoming Supreme Court Building, Cheyenne (Photo: Trevor T. Trujillo, Townsquare Media)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a sentence of life without parole for a Rock Springs man convicted of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl.

District Judge Nena James sentenced Kenneth James Huckfeldt last year in Sweetwater County.

On appeal, Huckfeldt argued it had been improper for James to allow testimony from the victim in an earlier child sexual assault case in which Huckfeldt also had been convicted.

Lawyer Keith Goody represented Huckfeldt on appeal. Goody argued that James’ decision allowing the victim in the earlier assault to testify amounted to directing the jury to find Huckfeldt guilty in the second case.

The Wyoming Attorney General’s Office argued that testimony from Huckfeldt’s earlier victim was proper to show his motive and intent in dealing with the second girl.

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