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Kyle Braddy

Salem Man Sentenced to 15 Years on Sex Charge Convictions

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

A 33-year-old Salem man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on sex abuse and assault charges.  

Kyle Braddy of South College Street had been found guilty of the two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and one count of criminal sexual assault by a Marion County Jury last month.  The charges stemmed for sex acts committed against then 13 and 14 year old girls in the second half of 2011.  

Judge Michael McHaney handed down a ten year sentence on the criminal sexual assault charge and five year sentences on each of the criminal sexual abuse counts.  The five year terms will be served concurrently, but will be consecutive to the ten year sentence.  

McHaney told the two victims, who had testified at the trial, that the actions were not their fault and were reprehensible.   The judge said he believed them because they were telling the truth, period, end of story.  He said the jury apparently believed the same in returning the guilty verdicts.  

The sentence was handed down after several family members and friends testified to Braddy's good character.  Defense attorney Mark Tungate cited family support and the lack of a prior criminal record in seeking the minimum seven year sentence.  

State's Attorney Matt Wilzbach asked for 20 years, noting Braddy still showed no remorse for his actions which would have to be the first step to being rehabilitated.  

Tungate asked for a new trial prior to the sentencing hearing.  McHaney denied the motion.  After the sentencing hearing, Tungate said the case would be appealed to the appellate court.   

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