For three months beginning in July 2005, Orange County's Brandon Lamar Brown, 19, babysat his young sisters, ages 10 and 7, and couldn't resist his sexual urges.
Brown digitally penetrated their vaginas and rectums, forced them to masturbate him and sodomized his youngest sister, according to court records.
In January 2011, a jury agreed with a prosecutor that Brown violated 10 sex crimes and Superior Court Judge Patrick Marion sentenced the pedophile to prison.
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This week, a California Court of Appeal based in Santa Ana reviewed the case and gave Brown great news. According to Justice Raymond Ikola, Marion incorrectly applied a new, altered sex crimes statute to the sentencing. The judge should have made several, technical determinations about the defendant's lack of probation eligibility before sending him to prison for a term of 15 years to life.
Upshot: Brown, now 26, will enjoy a bus trip from Wasco State Prison back to Orange County so that he can be re-sentenced in coming months.
California now has a One-Strike Law that can allow government officials to keep certain sex offenders locked up forever after just one conviction.