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Nov 5, 2014 12:36 PM

NH judge now says he won't cut sex assault sentence for Wakefield man

The Associated Press

OSSIPEE - A New Hampshire judge who sparked outrage by planning to reduce the prison sentence he handed down days earlier in a child sex assault case now says he overstepped his authority.

Carroll County Superior Court Judge David Garfunkel ruled Wednesday that he cannot amend the 71/2-year sentence he gave Joshua Baud of Wakefield in September. Days after issuing the sentence, he told both sides he planned to reduce the sentence to six years. His intent angered the victim - who was 7 years old at the time of the assault eight years ago - and her mother, as well as advocates who work with sex abuse victims.

Garfunkel ruled a month after hearing arguments by prosecutor Robin Gordon challenging his authority.

Gordon said the family is happy it's finally over.


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