A Point Marion man convicted of raping a 6-year-old girl in 2010 was sentenced Monday to serve up to 24 years in state prison.
Jason Travis Linderman, 31, was ordered to serve 12 years to 24 years by Fayette County Judge Steve Leskinen.
Assistant District Attorney Mark Mehalov asked Leskinen to impose consecutive sentences of 10 to 20 years for two convictions for rape of a child, or a total of 20 to 40 years in prison.
Though the charges against Linderman are serious, Leskinen replied, he did not believe they “equated to third-degree murder,” which carries a 20- to 40-year prison term.
Linderman was deemed a sexual offender. He will have to report his address to authorities for the rest of his life once he’s released from prison.
A jury deliberated about 45 minutes before convicting Linderman of rape of a child and other offenses after a three-day trial in August. In a criminal complaint, Trooper Heather Clem-Johnson said the rape occurred in January 2010.