- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Providence judge has ordered a new sentencing for man who was convicted of molesting his stepdaughter in 2006.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/251ibH4 ) Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Lanphear found that the judge presiding over the case violated John Eddy’s Sixth Amendment rights by not appointing him a lawyer at his sentencing.

Lanphear says the judge should have accepted Eddy’s arguments that his sentence was illegal because he wasn’t given a lawyer.

Eddy had rejected lawyers named in his defense three times.

The 57-year-old Eddy was convicted of multiple counts of first-degree child molestation and first-degree sexual assault. Authorities say he sexually assaulted his stepdaughter over two years. He was sentenced to serve two consecutive life terms.

Eddy was ordered held without bail as he awaits his sentencing.


Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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