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Prosecutors and defense attorneys will seek 10 years in prison for a 23-year-old man charged with rape and sexual assault.

Jacob Daniel Eastman pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of rape and one count of sexual assault in separate cases.

A plea deal calls for prosecutors to dismiss one other rape charge, as well as charges of burglary and theft from a third case.

When he was 19, Eastman had sex with a girl younger than 14, according to his admission in the first case.

In the second case, he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old when he was 20. Originally charged with sexual intercourse without consent, Eastman later saw the charge reduced to sexual assault.

The legal age of consent in Montana is 16.

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Under a plea deal, the state and defense plan to jointly recommend a total of 20 years in the Montana State Prison, with 10 years suspended.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.

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Justice Reporter

Justice reporter for the Billings Gazette.