Washoe, Nevada District Judge Brent Adams recently reduced a life prison sentence for a child molester to one year.
Judge Adams claimed yesterday there was a clerical error after he verbally sentenced Isaac Onsurez last week (video below).
However, Deputy District Attorney Shannon Bryant said Judge Adams told him and the defense attorney that he simply changed his mind.
Onsurez would have been eligible for parole in 10 years under his "life sentence," but now will spend one year in jail and five years on probation.
“[Life] was the harshest sentence he could impose, and that was the justice we were looking for,” the victim's mother told Reno Gazette-Journal. “Then two days later we get a phone call.”
Onsurez pleaded guilty in December 2013 to lewdness with a child under the age 14 and told authorities that his 6-year-old victim was a “curious child that wanted sex.”
Onsurez, who sexually abused the girl more than 100 times, was found to be a low-risk re-offender per two psychological tests before sentencing, noted USA Today.
One of the main problems in this case is that Nevada's state law only punished offenders like Onsurez with probation prior to Dec. 31, 1999, which was when he stopped the abuse.
“If you are a young adult and suffered child sexual abuse in Washoe County, more than likely if it happened in the 1990s, your abuser is not going to receive prison [sentence],” added the victim's mom.