No Jail Time for Man Who Impregnated Young Daughter
WV judge gives man who forced daughter to get abortion 5 years' probation
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 28, 2017 10:50 AM CST
Michael Joe Adkins   (Provided photo)

(Newser) – A West Virginia man was sentenced to five years' probation and 50 years of supervision for impregnating his 11-year-old daughter in 2011 and forcing her to get an abortion. Michael Joe Adkins of Ona entered a Kennedy plea two years ago, reports the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, which allowed him to concede that there was enough evidence for a conviction without admitting guilt. Cabell County Judge Paul Farrell imposed the sentence Nov. 16 under a plea agreement between the prosecution and defense, saying, "I'm just going to be blunt: I hope you screw up during those 50 years so I can send you to prison." Adkins will also have to register as a sex offender and undergo therapy, reports the AP. Farrell got the case after Judge Alfred Ferguson rejected a plea deal without prison. A family member told the judge that the victim, who is now 18, still lives in fear.

Defense attorney Connor Robertson argued that his client has been under the court's supervision since 2011, his only issues have been minor speeding tickets, and the supervised period would only need to be a few years. Assistant prosecutor Kellie Neal said Adkins already received a huge break under the plea agreement. She said previously in court that the victim's testimony and other evidence would prove Adkins raped the girl at his home and she got pregnant. Amanda Adkins, the defendant's estranged wife and the girl's stepmother who pleaded guilty to child neglect in 2015, was sentenced to 18 months of probation and 10 years of supervised release, reports the Herald-Dispatch.


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