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Ely sentenced to 55 years

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33-year old Douglas Ely, of Wrangell, was convicted of child sexual abuse in June. His sentencing hearing was Monday.

The honorable judge Trevor Stephens presided. He sentenced Ely to a total of 55 years imprisonment with 12 and a half years suspended.

Ely was found guilty by the jury of two counts sexual assault of a minor in the first degree. The first count carries a sentence of 50 years with 15 suspended. The second is 40 years with 10 suspended.

Ely will serve the two sentences concurrently—meaning at the same time—except for five years of suspended time and seven and a half years of jail time.

That brings his total prison term to 42 and a half years.

Ely will be subject to 15 years probation following his release.

Following the weeklong trial, Ely agreed to two aggravating factors, which lengthened the potential sentence from 35 years to 99 years.

Agreeing to the aggravating factors is not the same as admitting guilt.

The first is that he was more than 10 years older than the victim at the time of the incident.

The second is that he and the victim shared a residence.

The victim, who at the time was under the age of 10, testified that Ely repeatedly forced her to engage in various sexual acts with him.

Due to the nature of the crime, Ely is also required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

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