Former constable sentenced on child sex conviction

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- A former West Tennessee constable has been sentence to 35 years in prison on a child sex conviction.

The sentencing of 67-year-old Michael Presson came Wednesday and Madison County Circuit Judge Roy Morgan Jr. said state law requires the prison time to be fully served. Presson was convicted on April 14 of 22 counts -- half of them being child rape.

The court heard testimony before the sentence was pronounced, according to The Jackson Sun.

Eight character witnesses spoke, many saying Presson had a respectable reputation and trustworthy character.

There was also testimony from the psychologist who worked with the 12-year-old girl Presson was convicted of molesting.

The state had requested an 86-year sentence for Presson.

Defense attorney Joe Byrd Jr. argued that a maximum sentence wasn't warranted.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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