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Ellensburg woman gets 6.5 years for second-degree rape of a child

June 5, 2017 GMT

An Ellensburg woman was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for second-degree rape of a child on Friday in Kittitas County Superior Court.

Lloyce Hunt, 23, was arrested by Ellensburg Police officers on Jan. 13 when they found her with a 13-year-old girl in a car at the Irene Rinehart Riverfront Park, Deputy Prosecutor Jodi Hammond said. Hunt met the girl through a social media app and the two started a relationship in November.

“It is very clear from reading Ms. Hunt’s evaluation that she has had a significant history of abuse in her own life,” Hammond said. “It is just sad to be in the position where you see this pattern repeating itself.”

Hunt has been diagnosed with some mental disabilities, she said. Her impulse control and decision making were shown to be reduced for someone of her age.

“This is a unique case and a unique situation and I just want the court to be understanding where the state is coming from,” Hammond said. “I wish there was a better solution in this case.”

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The standard range of the sentence for second-degree rape of a child is 78 to 102 months. Hammond recommended the lower end of the range at 78 months.

Defense attorney Robert Moser asked for Hunt’s sentence to be reduced to half of the prosecutor’s recommended sentence. He felt Hunt was also a victim in her own right and needed help.

“Ms. Hunt was not deceitful. She did not try to trick or do this with malice,” Moser said. “I think it is a product of her childhood and what she went through.”

Hunt had friends and family members who supported her throughout the process, Moser said. She admitted to the crimes as soon as she was questioned by police.

Hunt said she didn’t mean to cause any harm to anyone.

Superior Court Judge Scott Sparks sentenced Hunt to 78 months in prison and 36 months in community custody. There is a no contact order between her and the victim.