Mills man gets 28 years for sex crimes

2014-04-10T10:54:00Z 2014-04-11T09:52:11Z Mills man gets 28 years for sex crimesBy PATRICK SIMONAITIS Casper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette

CASPER, Wyo. — A Mills man was sentenced to 28 to 40 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty in February to first- and third-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Alvin Riley, 42, was arrested in March 2013, roughly four months after his victim told a social worker that Riley had repeatedly abused her.

The arrest occurred after DNA testing showed that there was a 99.99 percent chance that Riley was the father of a stillborn child born to that girl, according to court records. Police had to exhume the body to test the DNA.

In court Wednesday, Riley’s victim spoke before sentencing, saying she forgave him for what he had done.

“I don’t think you’re a monster, but you made a stupid mistake,” she said before the courtroom, which was filled with about 15 observers.

Both Assistant District Attorney Joshua Stensaas and defense attorney Robert Oldham called the victim courageous for standing up in court Wednesday.

Oldham said the only silver lining in the situation was how the victim had begun to move past the incident.

Riley himself also spoke briefly.

“I just want to say I’m sorry,” a choked-up Riley said before shaking his head repeatedly.

Before passing sentence, Judge Daniel Forgey called Riley’s crimes “egregious by any standard.”

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