- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Reno man has been sentenced to up to 40 years in prison for sexually abusing a young female relative.

John Cervantes pleaded guilty in October to two counts of attempted sexual assault.

Prosecutors say the victim who now is 15 years old was 7 or 8 when the abuse began.

Washoe District Judge Elliott Sattler sentenced Cervantes in Reno on Tuesday. He’ll have to serve a minimum of 16 years before he will be eligible for parole.

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