- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Palmer man has been sentenced to up to 12 years in prison for raping a 6-year-old girl.

The Republican newspaper (https://bit.ly/2j78XsU ) reports that 32-year-old Jeremy Libby was also sentenced Tuesday to 10 years of probation following the completion of his prison sentence. He was found guilty Friday by a Hampden County Superior Court jury of four counts of four counts of forcible child rape.

Prosecutors asked for a prison term of up to 24 years.

Libby’s attorney sought a more lenient sentence, saying he has a negligible criminal history and has always held a steady job.

The prosecutor read impact statements from the girl’s grandmother and mother, who said she struggles to feel safe.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, https://www.masslive.com/news/

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