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Hutchinson sex offender gets sentence reduced from 13 years to 5 years

May 4, 2011

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— A Hutchinson man who was sentenced to 13 years in prison for molesting an 11-year-old boy will instead serve less than five years.

Because of a recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling, a Reno County judge on Tuesday reduced the sentence of 31-year-old Aaron MacKey, who was sentenced in January to 13 years in prison.

In January, a Reno County judge departed from state sentencing guidelines while sentencing MacKey.

The Hutchinson News reports that last month, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that if a judge does not follow the sentence recommendations, the appropriate sentence is decided by the severity level assigned to the crime.

MacKey's attorneys argued the severity level used for his sentencing was too high.

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