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Did I read correctly in Saturday's newspaper about the man being sentenced for his crimes of burglary and sexual battery? He got 11 years for aggravated burglary and 12 months for sexual battery. Isn't that a little upside down? Please explain.

It's true. Aggravated burglary, which is breaking into an occupied building with the intent to commit a crime such as sexual battery, is a Level 5 felony under state law.

"Burglary is traditionally recognized as an inherently dangerous felony, that when you break into a place where a person is likely to be, there's a great chance of serious bodily injury or death," Douglas County Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney said.

Sexual battery is a Class A misdemeanor, the highest level of misdemeanor. In more serious cases, for example, when the victim is "overcome by force or fear," prosecutors can charge aggravated sexual battery, a level-five felony.


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