Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Christopher D. Britt - Sentenced under Jessica's Law - Enough is Enough

A Johnson County judge this morning sentenced an Overland Park man convicted of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl to life without possible parole for more than 50 years.

Christopher D. Britt, 27, was convicted in June of rape of a child under 14, aggravated criminal sodomy of a child under 14 and aggravated indecent liberties with a child under 14.

Judge James Franklin Davis sentenced Britt under the Kansas version of Jessica’s Law, passed in 2006. Named in memory of a murdered Florida girl, such laws mandate harsh sentences for sex offenders who victimize children.
Britt is among few sentenced in Johnson County under the law, and his lawyer argued today that it is unconstitutional.

Judge Davis ruled otherwise and said legislatures have determined that “enough is enough” and such laws “are severe on purpose” and are not cruel and unusual punishment.
Christopher Brown, assistant prosecutor, argued for the harshest possible sentence on each count and cited the damage done to the victim.

“This little girl has told the jury about things that no 9-year-old girl should know about let alone experience,” he said.

Judge Davis imposed consecutive maximum sentences of life without parole for 618 months for the rape, 10 years for sodomy and five years for indecent liberties.

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