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Colorado judge threatened over sentences in gang-rape case

Posted: 5:29 AM, Apr 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-30 07:29:40-04

A Colorado judge presiding over a gang-rape case involving a 13-year-old victim is being threatened, prompting the sheriff to assign him a guard.
  
The threats were reportedly in voicemails from people who were angry that two defendants got plea deals with no prison time.
  
Judge Michael McHenry didn’t disclose the nature of the threats and says he didn’t listen to the recordings to preserve his neutrality.
  
McHenry ordered the men to serve 10-years to life on intensive probation for sex offenders. Prosecutors recommended the sentences, citing evidence problems would made it difficult to get convictions.
  
McHenry says judges normally accept prosecutors’ recommendations because they know the strength of their cases.