- Associated Press - Friday, April 8, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A man who admitted in court nine years ago that he sexually assaulted his adopted daughter has been resentenced to more than half of his original prison term.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/1qAC1cP) reports a Shawnee County judge on Friday sentenced Michael Walter Hines Sr. to 23 years and nine months in prison.

He originally had been ordered in 2007 to spend 48 years and 10 months behind bars, but an appellate court ruling that reduced his criminal history required the resentencing.

Hines pleaded guilty in 2007 to one count of rape of a child younger than 14.

The victim, Chloe Howey, on Friday referred to Hines as a “monster.”

The Associated Press doesn’t name sexual assault victims without their consent. But Howey spoke publicly to media outlets after Friday’s sentencing.

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