Chadron man gets lengthy prison sentence on molestation, porn charges

Chadron man originally arrested last May on twelve child pornography counts in a joint Chadron-Rapid City investigation has been sentenced in Dawes County District Court to 60-to-90 years in prison on molestation and porn charges.

James Savery accepted a plea agreement and pled guilty last month to 2 counts of attempted 1st-degree sexual assault of a child and 1 count of visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct.

District Judge Travis O'Gorman gave Savery 20-to-30 years on each count and ordered that they be served consecutively. With credit for the 308 days he's spent in jail since his arrest, Savery will be eligible for parole in 31-1/2-years under Nebraska's "good time" rules and for mandatory release in 46-1/2-years.

Savery and his attorney...outgoing Dawes County Public Defender and newly-appointed county judge Paul Wess...asked for leniency from O'Gorman while County Attorney Vance Haug pushed for a maximum sentence, with both sides citing the same reasons: Savery was the victim of molestation himself from a young age.

O'Gorman agreed with the defense that Savery had a mostly clean criminal history and had shown strong remorse, but disagreed with the conclusion that because of that he does not pose a threat to repeat.

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