Wallace County District Court, Wednesday, November 15 - Luis Carlos Lechuga was sentenced to 72 months in prison after pleading “no contest” to charges of indecent aggravated liberties with a child. Lechuga has been incarcerated in the Wallace County jail since being arrested late 2016.
Assistant Wallace County Attorney Bret Mangan read statements from the victim and a family member. He then asked that the judge sentence Lechuga to the maximum allowed within the sentencing guide lines of 77 months.
Defense attorney, Charles O’Hara, argued for a lenient sentence, as Lechuga is scheduled to be deported to Mexico after serving his sentence. He stated waiting 6 years in prison just to be deported was not necessary, as not being able to see his family for the rest of his life should be enough of a punishment, and asked Judge Showalter to take that into consideration when making his decision.
After listening to both sides, Judge Showalter sentenced Lechuga to 72 months, with a good time credit of 15%. Additionally, Lechuga is required to pay for any therapy required for the victim, and should he find a way to live in the United States after his incarceration, he will need to register as a sex offender for the duration of his life.
“I have the duty to listen to both sides,” said Showalter adding “deportation is a punishment that is out of my control.” Prison is reserved for heinous criminals. Showalter wanted the sentencing to show that the State of Kansas does not tolerate sex offenders.
Judge Showalter advised Lechuga that he has the right to appeal the sentence within 10 days should he chose to do so.
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