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Kanawha Man Takes Plea Deal After Accused Of Sex Crimes Against Children
Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Aug. 1, 2012 10:28 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 2, 2012 8:43 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A man profiled on our Fugitive Files for sex crimes against young girls was in front of a judge on Wednesday.
After a lengthy court hearing, Brian Busby, 42, took a plea deal but never had to admit to his crimes.
Busby walked into court after reluctantly deciding he'd rather take a plea deal than go to trial for sex crimes against two children.
"It's just horrid," says one of the victim's grandmother.
Judge Duke Bloom was hesitant about Busby's deal because he wasn't going to plead guilty, but rather 'no contest' to the charges.
The plea took a 12 count indictment that could have landed him in prison for at least ten years, down to just two counts. Each of the counts he was to plead to carries a prison sentence of one to five years.
As part of the plea, Busby wasn't required to lay forth a factual basis, meaning he didn't have to tell the court what happened, in his own words.
"I will accept the plea, reluctantly if you all ask me to, I will not accept it otherwise," said Judge Bloom to one of the victims that was in court, and her family, as well as the family of the other victim.
That's when they decided to take the plea deal off the table, and take the case to trial. But after consulting with prosecutors, the families changed their minds, and agreed to go ahead with the plea.
"He won't suffer long if he's in prison two years. My baby has to suffer the rest of her life," said the grandmother after the hearing.
"Do you know and understand that you would have to register for life as a sex offender?" asked Bloom.
"Yes, sir," said Busby, hanging his head.
Prosecutors say Busby had sex with a 14-year-old and sexually abused an 8-year-old girl.
"This plea offer was made for many reasons, and one of those was to not have to put those young girls through the trauma of testifying," said Kanawha County Sr. Asst. Prosecuting Attorney Fred Giggenbach.
"It's pain that won't heal," said the grandmother.
Busby will be sentenced in August. The state recommended that the two one to five years sentences run together, but Bloom could decide to run them consecutively.
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