On Thursday in Montana, Judge Kurt Krueger sentenced Richard McLamon, 36, who pled guilty in 2015 of raping a 15-year-old girl, to 30 years in Montana’s State Prison.
McLamon was first arrested in Montana in November of 2015 for engaging in sexual acts with a minor under the age of 16. The sexual acts took place between April and November of 2015, reports the Missoulian.
Richard McLamon was charged with three counts of child sex crimes. In December, he pled guilty then spent the next year fighting those charges before making the decision to plead guilty to only one count of rape in November of 2016.
During his pre-sentencing investigation, his parole officer testified that McLamon gave “mixed signals” during an interview held to determine if he took responsibility for his actions. The parole officer leaned more towards McLamon not being remorseful for his actions. He added that at one point McLamon had told him that there was no force involved and that the girl wanted to have sex with him. He also admitted that he knew that she was under the age of consent.
A cousin of the victim read a statement prepared by the victim’s mother. The statement said that grief had overwhelmed the victim and severely traumatized by McLamon’s actions. She read that the young girl still has nightmares of the rape, which has stolen her childhood from her, reports America Now.
The cousin also read that the girl was now being schooled from home following an bullying instance at school once her classmates found out about the rape. She added that the herpes medicine she is now on is a daily reminder of what happened to her.
Ann Shea the Deputy County Attorney stated that McLamon still refuses to take responsibility for his actions. Shea asked Judge Krueger for a 30- year sentence for McLamon, which was twice what the pre- sentencing report recommended. Shea told the judge that a 30-year -sentence would be easier than what the victim continued to suffer through.
Victor Bunitsky, McLamon’s attorney stated that his client had no previous criminal record and that a sentence for child rape was a “tough way to start a criminal career,” The attorney asked the judge for leniency. He requested 15 years with Montana’s Department of Corrections with 11 suspended, reports the Montana Standard.
Judge Krueger did not agree with Bunitsky’s recommendation, the judge told McLamon that he had given his victim a sentence too and made the decision to send the Montana man to 30 years in Montana’s state prison with 10 suspended and 520 days’ time served. McLamon must also register as a sex offender.
By Tammy Marie Rose