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Published May 09, 2012, 08:59 PM

Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Sexual Assault of 9-year-old Girl

A man already facing 15 years in prison for sexual assault was sentenced to an additional 30 years Wednesday for sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl in Grand Forks in 2010.

By: Forum Communications, WDAZ

A man already facing 15 years in prison for sexual assault was sentenced to an additional 30 years Wednesday for sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl in Grand Forks in 2010.

Brian Thomas Adkison, 28, will have his sentence in Grand Forks run consecutively with the other sentence in Williams County.

Prosecutor Mark Jason McCarthy said the state recommended a 30-year sentence in the plea agreement, but the term was rejected by the defense. “We believe it was a just sentence for the conduct the defendant engaged in and the court apparently agreed.”

Adkison’s conviction for gross sexual imposition in Williams County is under appeal to the North Dakota Supreme Court.

He was charged with two Class AA felony counts of gross sexual imposition and another Class A felony count of criminal attempt in Grand Forks County.

According to court documents, Williams County authorities were questioning Adkison about sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl in that county when he admitted to the crimes in Grand Forks. They occurred in August and September 2010, and the attempted sexual conduct happened in February 2011.

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