Former Hubbard Mayor Richard Keenan just admitted he raped a child and is now is facing life behind bars.
Keenan was visibly shaken Friday as he changed his plea to guilty. He admitted to 20 counts of sex crimes, including eight counts of rape.
Keenan agreed to a life sentence with the eligibility of parole after ten years according to ABC news.
Court documents show the abuse began as early as September 2013 when the victim — who Keenan knew — was only 4 years old.
What a sick bastard. Life in prison is too easy for this guy. Depending on where they send him he could face some prison justice. Because not even hardened convicts tolerate raping 4-year-old children.
“It gives the victim some closure. Obviously, keeps this young child from having to testify and I think it’s a good result given all the facts and circumstances,” said Assistant Prosecutor Gabe Wildman.
He said prosecutors have a responsibility to do what’s best for the victim which is why they accepted the plea.
“Not bringing her in here to have to testify in the small courtroom with this man in there as well.”
Keenan’s family lashed out at reporters after the hearing. Prosecutors said this just “shows how difficult these cases are for everyone.”
“I think what we’ve seen today is that they’re tough, right? They’re tough on everyone. They’re tough on the defendant’s family, they’re tough on the victim’s family, and obviously, our concern lies with the victim’s family,” Wildman said.
Some say life in prison is too easy for this convict and they are probably correct. But protecting the poor child from further damage should be taken into consideration and this guy will never get parole so lock him in a cage for the rest of his life. Let him rot.