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Wyoming Life Sentence for Teens
A lawyer for a man convicted of sexual abuse of a minor told the Wyoming Supreme Court that it was improper for the trial judge to allow the jury to hear testimony from a previous victim. Lawyer Keith Goody represents 59-year-old Kenneth James Huckfeldt. Huckfeldt was sentenced in Sweetwater County to life without parole this year on convictions of sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl in 2007. Goody argued that District Judge Nena James shouldn't have allowed testimony from the victim in a 1994 child sexual assault case in which Huckfeldt was convicted. Theodore Racines of the Wyoming Attorney General's Office argued that testimony from Huckfeldt's earlier victim was proper to show his motive and intent. The Supreme Court will rule on the appeal later.