December 5, 2006
The man who plead guilty to abducting and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in Albemarle County was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
"I argue this is one of the most significant kind of invasion on a child's safety and on herself," said Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Darby Lowe.
A judge sentenced Joseph Osborne to 30 years behind bars for an incident where he broke into a home along Ridgeway Lane in the Ashcroft neighborhood of Albemarle County and sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl.
"A 30 year active sentence is very significant and sends the right message to the community that this kind of action will not be tolerated," Lowe said.
"The evidence is clear that Joe Osborne is not a pedophile. He is not an anti-social personality. He is somebody that got seriously whacked out on crack cocaine," said Defense Attorney Lloyd Snook.
Osborne's attorney feels the punishment was too stiff in light of some of the evidence. Snook says that Osborne was sober for 15 years and had no prior record until his arrest. He says everyone lost in this case.
"It is a devastating thing for their family (Osborne's family) just as the whole incident was a devastating thing for the victims family," Snook said.
Osborne plead guilty back in August to three different crimes including Breaking and Entering, Attempted Sodomy, and Abduction. He was sentenced to 80 years in prison with 50 of those years suspended.