Lynda Waddington reports that Kyle Payne was sentenced today to 6 months in county jail:
Payne received 360 days, with 180 days suspended on each of two counts of invasion of privacy, a serious misdemeanor charge. He was also given one year of probation on each count. On the charge of 2nd degree attempted burglary, a felony, Payne received an indeterminate term of prison not to exceed five years, with incarceration suspended. He will placed on probation for three years.
In addition, under a new portion of Iowa law that involves sexually-related crimes, Payne was given a 10 year period of parole. That sentence begins at the end of his regular term of probation. Because of the nature of his crime, he will not be required to register as a sex offender in the state of Iowa.
“This is the type of thing that happens, but not to you,” said the victim as she read a pre-prepared impact statement in court today. “… You might be given jail time, but for me this is like a life sentence.”
She added that since she was unconscious, Payne is the only person who truly knows what happened that night and left the implication hanging that there might have been more to the event than him partially undressing her, touching her inappropriately and shooting photographs and video.
The victim’s mother, who also provided an impact statement in court, said that the incident had “crushed the spirit of her daughter” and has fractured her ability to trust others.
“You are a sick young man,” the mother said. “I think you’ve done this before and will do it again. Our family does not accept your apology. We do not care about your self-inflicted suffering. You reap what you sow.”
So that’s it. Justice is served. Cold comfort for the most important person in all this: the woman Payne victimized.
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You might also want to check out the letter to the editor Kyle Payne’s victim’s relatives wrote before sentencing.
I can’t help but be pissed off that the plea bargain reached with Payne left out a charge of sexual assault, since Payne himself has acknowledged, on his blog, that he had to touch the female student in order to expose her breast. I don’t think that either the charges or the punishment reflect the seriousness of Payne’s crimes. And I sure do wish he was going to be on that sexual offenses registry. I hope the work you and other bloggers have done to keep this man front and centre in the public eye pays off in terms of making women aware of his existence, for their own protection.
6 months was not long enough if you ask me, considering that this victim will leave with the consequences for life.