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Oregon man sentenced after pleading guilty to sex crime

Some crimes, due to their shocking nature, get extra attention from the media. The media sometimes take these cases and sensationalize them for their own gain. In these types of cases, it can be hard for those accused of a crime to get fair criminal proceedings. Because people see the news version of the story and form their own opinions, even if the person is innocent, he or she can be unfairly judged.

One Oregon man's case garnered a considerable amount of media coverage after he was charged with various felonies, including sex crimes. On Oct. 10, he was sentenced to 33 years in prison after pleading guilty to attacking a young boy in a restaurant.

According to prosecutors, the man locked himself in a restaurant bathroom with a 10-year-old boy. He then forced the boy to undress while he threatened him at knifepoint. The boy put up a fight, so the man stabbed the boy six times before the boy escaped.

The man was caught and charged with 10 different counts, including sodomy, assault, strangulation, attempted aggravated murder and kidnapping. The man pleaded guilty to the charges. He had previously served 12 years in prison for other abuses against children and had been in trouble with the law for violating his parole.

Even in situations like this one, where the details are horrific and the media has picked up the story, every criminal defendant deserves a fair trial without bias. To ensure that this happens, those accused of sex crimes or other felonies will want to mount an aggressive criminal defense case from the time they are accused. With proper protections, everyone can get the unbiased proceedings they deserve.

Source: The Oregonian, "Adam Lee Brown 'will almost certainly die in prison' serving 33 years for Wendy's restroom attack," Aimee Green, Oct. 10, 2012

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