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Man takes plea in child sex case to avoid possible 109-year sentence
Scott Orr
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - Cody Wilson, facing a possible 109-year sentence if a jury finds him guilty of 32 counts related to sex with a minor, Wednesday accepted a plea agreement that could instead give him 10 years in prison followed by lifetime probation.

Wilson, 23, was originally indicted on 24 counts of sexual conduct with a minor plus eight counts associated with possession of sexual images and videos of a minor.

The deal to which he agreed consolidated charges from several victims. He pleaded guilty to four counts of sexual conduct with a minor under 18, plus two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor; those charges are in reference to the sexual images. The prosecution agreed to drop the remaining charges.

The four sexual conduct charges are class 6 designated felonies, which come with a sentence of as long as 2 years each. The exploitation charges are class 2 felonies, with a penalty of up to 12.5 years in prison for each.

But under the agreement, both sides agreed that Wilson would receive no less than five years and no more than 10 years in prison, to be followed by lifetime probation.

His attorney, Damon Rossi, said he wanted to put on the record the fact that stipulated sentences are not binding on the court – that Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Celé Hancock is not required to accept the 5- to 10-year range.

"If the court rejects the plea for any stipulation, Mr. Wilson would have the right to withdraw from the plea," he said, and Hancock nodded.

She will sentence Wilson, who remains in custody without bond, on Sept. 21.

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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: what about Derek Barnes?

what's the latest on Derek Barnes the other sex offender the video store owner in PV he was to be sentenced today what happened in court?

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: @ S.C. ....

hell hath no fury like a parent betrayed

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Wyatt Earp

Mr. Porter,

Obviously you are not aware of how the law works. A person is charged based on how many actual acts they commit. For instance if a person who is DUI is arrested and their Breath Alcohol level is 0.167 they can be charged with 3 different crimes. DUI slightest degree, DUI over .08 and Extreme DUI over .15. So when you see someone charged with 32 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor that means the Police must have found 32 pictures or something that contained many minors involved. I realize it's Bagdad, I said MINORS not Miners. Thank you I'm here all week, be sure to tip your waitress.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: S. C.

And that was four different underage minors. Yea he doesn't have a thing for young girls. What was his lawyer saying "its the parents fault". Your right Rossi it is the parents fault, His parents fault for knowing that it was happening and allowing it. GOOD luck in the big house.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: john porter

Overcharging to force a guilty plea to a lower charge is how justice operates here.

I see this so often when on jury duty.

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012
Article comment by: Carl Imparel

Life in Bagdad

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