Posted at: 11/27/2012 7:37 AM
By: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Santa Fe man who pleaded guilty to a having sexual contact with a 10-year-old girl was sentenced to two years in prison.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that 22-year-old Jesus Esparza-Gutierrez also was given credit Monday for having already spent 16 months in jail. Authorities say Esparza-Gutierrez admitted he had sexual contact with the girl.
Esparza-Gutierrez asked state District Court Judge Stephen Pfeffer for mercy and said he was under the influence at the time of the incident.
Pfeffer says he believed Esparza-Gutierrez was being sincere, although he was worried the defendant was minimizing his actions by saying he was drunk.
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