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Judge sentences ND man to 30 years for sex abuse

FARGO, N.D. (AP) _ A North Dakota man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually abusing a girl beginning about three years after he was released from prison for killing his infant child. Prosecutors had recommended a 20-year prison term for Erick McKay, of Devils Lake, but U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson ruled that special circumstances warranted a stiff sentence. Erickson called McKay a danger to children and to the community.

The judge had earlier sent notice to both sides that he was contemplating a sentence above federal guidelines. McKay was previously convicted in state court in 2002 of shaking his 7-week-old son to death and sentenced to 15 years in prison. McKay had pleaded guilty to abusive sexual contact. A federal public defender could not be immediately reached for comment.