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Spokane man gets prison for child rape

Wed., March 23, 2011, 12:04 p.m.

A judge today sentenced a Spokane man to 7 ½ years in prison after he pleaded guilty to raping two girls in 2006.

Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno sentenced 33-year-old Robert E. Brocklehurst to 90 months for kidnapping and 60 months each for child rape, which was the agreement reached between Deputy Spokane County Prosecutor Ed Hay and defense attorney Rob Cossey.

However, the child rape sentences run at the same time as the kidnapping conviction.

The mother of the two girls had a statement read in court indicating that she believes Brocklehurst started dating her in 1999 to get access to her young daughters.

“The crimes Robert committed against my two little girls were unconscionable,” she said. “We will never be able to put this completely behind us.”

Moreno asked Brocklehurst if he had any comments about the crimes he committed.

“I want to use this opportunity to further better my life and my way of thinking,” he said.

“That’s it?” Moreno asked. “Do you have any concept of the injuries you caused on these two young girls?”

Brocklehurst said he did. “I’m remorseful and sorry for it.”

Moreno added: “You are going to need some treatment or you will find yourself in here facing a life sentence.”


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