ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Santa Fe man who pleaded guilty to a having sexual contact with a 10-year-old girl was sentenced to two years in prison.
The [auth] Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/UT0Tqo) that 22-year-old Jesus Esparza-Gutierrez also was given credit Monday for having already spent 16 months in jail.
Authorities say Esparza-Gutierrez admitted he had sexual contact with the girl.
Esparza-Gutierrez asked state District Court Judge Stephen Pfeffer for mercy and said he was under the influence at the time of the incident.
Pfeffer says he believed Esparza-Gutierrez was being sincere, although he was worried the defendant was minimizing his actions by saying he was drunk.