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Man sentenced for attacking pregnant teen

Oct. 28, 2009 at 4:26 PM   |   Comments

NAPLES, Utah, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A judge has ordered a man to spend as long as five years in prison for accepting $150 from a pregnant girl in Naples, Utah, to help her kill her fetus.

Eighth District Judge A. Lynn Payne sentenced 21-year-old Leo Harrison to prison Tuesday for a May attack on a 17-year-old girl, whose fetus survived, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Wednesday.

"I don't think words can describe the kind of depraved conduct you entered into in trying to take the life of a child," Payne said.

The female victim, whose identity was not reported, pleaded no contest to second-degree felony criminal solicitation to commit murder for paying Harrison to assault her. The teen told authorities she wanted to lose her unborn child after her boyfriend opposed the pregnancy.

While Harrison was facing as much as 21 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree felony attempted murder, Payne instead sentenced him on a charge of third-degree "attempted killing of an unborn child" under Utah's anti-abortion statute.

The Naples man could still serve as much as 20 years in prison since he was ordered Tuesday to serve consecutive prison sentences in four unrelated cases, the Tribune said.

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