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Barber County man sentenced to life in prison under Jessica’s Law

MEDICINE LODGE – (February 12, 2014) – A Barber County man was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years under Jessica’s Law, after pleading guilty to child sex crimes, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Robert Pruitt, 22, Kiowa, was sentenced by Judge Francis Meisenheimer in Barber County District Court. Meisenheimer also ordered Pruitt to lifetime electronic monitoring and lifetime registration as a sex offender. Pruitt pleaded guilty to one count of rape of a child younger than 14 in October 2013.

The crime was committed November 2012. The charge stemmed from an investigation by the Kiowa Police Department and Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Assistant Attorneys General Amy Hanley and Kristiane Bryant of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case.