Sentencing of a man convicted last June of child sexual abuse will be delayed, again, until his mental status is evaluated.
By Landmark News Service
Friday, January 14, 2011 at 7:00 am (Updated: January 14, 11:38 am)
INDEPENDENCE — A judge has ruled that Fred Lee Sweet of Galax, convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a child, is entitled to a mental evaluation.
Sweet was convicted during his trial in June 2010. A jury of eight women and four men deliberated about three hours before finding Sweet, 68, guilty of both charges.
The offenses involved a girl who was five years old at the time.
The jury recommended a sentence of five years in prison and a $20,000 fine on one charge and seven years in prison and a $30,000 fine on the second charge.
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