Sunday, October 21, 2012
A 25-year-old Kansas man who reported himself to police for performing a sex act on a baby has been sentenced to life in prison.
The Hutchinson News reports that Michael Sherman -- who had no prior criminal record -- won't be eligible for parole for 25 years under the Kansas statute known as Jessica's Law. That law mandates life sentences for certain sex crimes against children younger than 14.
Reno County Senior District Judge William Lyle said at Friday's sentencing he would probably be overturned on appeal if he failed to apply the law in Sherman's case.
Sherman went to his pastor and police after performing oral sodomy on the 4-month-old girl in December 2011. He had been watching pornography at his Hutchinson home when the crime occurred.