The indeterminate sentence a Colorado sex offender received didn’t violate his equal protection or due process rights even though he has served 37 years for a crime that carries a maximum sentence of 24 years, the Tenth Circuit said Wednesday.
Bruce ____ pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual assault in 1984. The maximum determinate sentence for the crime was 24 years, but the judge sentenced him under the Colorado Sex Offenders Act to a term of confinement lasting from one day to life imprisonment.
Bruce ____ argued that the U.S. Constitution now requires his release because he’s served more than the 24 years the determinate sentence required.
The Sex Offender Act allowed the indeterminate sentence “in lieu of the sentence otherwise provided by law,” the opinion by Judge Robert E. Bacharach said. Nothing new was necessary after 24 years to keep Bruce ____ in prison, it said.