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Renville County sex offender gets probation instead of prison

A Granite Falls man on Thursday received no prison time when he was sentenced for six sex crimes involving a minor. In January, a Renville County jury found 19-year-old Jayce Hernandez guilty of six counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct after a two-day jury trial. The abuse occurred from approximately September, 2020 through July, 2021.

In court Thursday, Judge Laurence Stratton gave Hernandez a 144 month prison sentence, but stayed that sentence for 15 years. He was given credit for 275 days already spent behind bars since his arrest and will serve a few more days in the county jail before he is released. After his release he will be on probation for 15 years. Judge Stratton put 26 different conditions on Hernandez probation including forbidding him from owning firearms or pornography. He cannot use alcohol or non-prescribed drugs, he must stay on his prescribed medication, get and keep a full time job, stay away from his victims, and register as a predatory offender.

Renville County Attorney Kelsie Kingstrom says her office preferred Hernandez go to prison but Judge Stratton decided to depart downward from sentencing guidelines because of Hernandez youth and felt he would be amendable to probation.

(JP Cola, KWLM)



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