Judge: Salesman’s sentence in sexual assault is inadequate

January 26, 2019

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A salesman who sexually assaulted a Clovis woman who allowed him into her home to demonstrate a vacuum cleaner has been sentenced to three years in prison, a sentence that the judge called inadequate for the crime.

District Judge Fred Van Soelen said during Thursday’s sentencing that it was ridiculous that state law specified only three years as the maximum prison sentence for third-degree criminal sexual penetration and said 29-year-old Brandon Barron of Albuquerque was getting a break.

The judge also said Barron hadn’t shown remorse and that the March 2017 offense “strikes at a person’s right to feel safe in their homes.”

A jury convicted Barron Nov. 1.