- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

POWELL, Wyo. (AP) - A Wyoming judge will not be reducing his original prison sentence for a Montana man who kidnapped and raped a 10-year-old Cody girl.

The Powell Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1NYx7Ps) 42-year-old Jesse Speer pleaded guilty to charges related to the October 2012 kidnapping and has been serving a life sentence plus an additional 30 to 50 years.

Court-appointed defense attorney Travis Smith made a request in November for a hearing to argue for a reduced sentence. Smith argued Speer was serving a more severe sentence than a Cody man who received life in prison for killing his wife in 2011.

In late August, Fifth Judicial District Court Judge Steven Cranfill denied the request without a hearing. He said the sentence he issued in November 2013 was still appropriate.


Information from: Powell (Wyo.) Tribune, https://www.powelltribune.com

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