An Augusta man serving 35 years in prison for sexually abusing children lost his appeal to overturn his guilty plea.
According to the Georgia Court of Appeals, the judge who sentenced Benjamin Evans, 32, was authorized to view the credibility of Evans’ attorney as exceeding that of Evans, who claimed that he never would have pleaded guilty if he had known he would have to serve 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
Twenty-five years is the mandatory minimum sentence for aggravated child molestation, and anyone guilty must serve at least 25 years without parole.
Evans tried to blame his attorney for his misunderstanding, but Judge Daniel J. Craig and the appellate court found his claim to be self-serving and unbelievable.
Evans pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to 11 sexual offenses involving two children. Craig sentenced him to 35 years in prison followed by probation for the rest of his life. He opted to plead guilty the morning his trial was to start.
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