Man convicted for molesting girl seeks appeal - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Man convicted for molesting girl seeks appeal

SANDPOINT, Idaho. - A man convicted of impregnating a 12-year-old Bonner County girl in 2005 is asking the court to impose a new sentence.
     
James Henry Crumble, 53, of Newport, Wash., has filed a petition in 1st District Court contending he suffered from ineffective legal counsel and misconduct by prosecutors.
     
Crumble was given a life sentence with the possibility of parole in 20 years in 2006 after pleading guilty to lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor.
     
Crumble blames his attorney for failing to suppress a pre-sentence report and claims the judge abused his discretion for withdrawing from a plea agreement calling for a lesser sentence. He
also claims the victim was being molested by her father, but says the prosecutor never pursued those claims.
     
Crumble is serving his sentence at the Idaho Correctional Center in Kuna.

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