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June 6, 2013

Sex offender given 18-year prison sentence

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The defendant was the only witness to testify on behalf of the defense. Attorney Sean Featherstun noted Amos had not previously been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony and he had been a victim of sexual abuse as a child, although he couldn't recall for how long or the number of incidents.

Amos was allowed to be freed from foot shackles and handcuffs during his testimony. He also provided the court with a statement of allocution, in which he said, "I apologize to everyone involved. I hope one day I can be forgiven. I'm sorry for the embarrassment to my family and hope I can get help (with issues)."

Featherstun recommended a sentence in the 6- to 10-year range while Assistant State's Attorney Darin Rice argued for a minimum sentence of 20 years.

"The court feels a strong responsibility to protect the community, and the risk to re-offend is there," Overstreet said. He added the defendant has a "severe" problem in being around young children and becoming aroused. Barrett testified Amos became aroused when he presented the photograph of the victim, and the defendant had admitted to becoming aroused when visiting a DuQuoin swimming pool and seeing females in bikini bathing attire.

Amos will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, or a little over 15 years, according to the court.

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