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Former Montana RB wants rape sentence reduced

Sun., May 5, 2013, midnight

A former Montana running back in prison for rape has asked a three-judge panel to reduce his sentence, arguing that the 30-year sentence a district court judge gave him earlier this year was excessive. Beau Donaldson pleaded guilty last September to sexual intercourse without consent after admitting to the 2010 rape in a phone call monitored by police. He was sentenced in January to 30 years in prison, with 20 of those years suspended. He’s eligible for parole if he serves 21/2 years without incident. However, the 23-year-old woman he raped told the panel that she’s now serving a life sentence of emotional trauma related to the incident. – AP

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