By Robin Aaron
Kelly Jay Neal pled guilty to continuous sexual abuse of a young child on Thursday, March 26 in the 5th District Court in Linden. Neal will serve 25 years for his crimes, which involved two victims, both under the age of 14 at the time of the assaults.
Neal’s charge is a first degree felony carrying a special punishment range of 25-99 years or life. To be convicted under this statute, a defendant has to have committed two or more acts of sexual abuse, occurring at least 30 days apart, according to prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Courtney Shelton.
Neal’s minimum sentence was part of a plea bargain with the Cass County District Attorney’s office.