By Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - An error on jury verdict forms at a Yavapai County trial has led to a reduced punishment for a man who had been sentenced for 27 years in prison for kidnapping and sex crime convictions.

The Daily Courier reports ( that Eric G. McNeill reached a deal with prosecutors that let him plead no contest Monday to charges of kidnapping per domestic violence and child molestation.

His sentence is now 20 years.

McNeill had been convicted in December of kidnapping and sexual contact with a child under 15.

But there was a problem his jury’s verdict forms.

Yavapai County Public Defender John Napper says McNeill was convicted on a count he wasn’t charged with.

McNeill agreed to drop his appeal if his sentenced was reduced to 20 years.


Information from: The Daily Courier,

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