Man sentenced to life in prison under Jessica’s Law

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MEDICINE LODGE, Kansas — Jessica’s Law was in use today as a Barber County man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 25 years, after pleading guilty to child sex crimes.

Robert Pruitt, 22, Kiowa, was sentenced by Judge Francis Meisenheimer in Barber County District Court. Pruitt was also ordered to lifetime electronic monitoring and lifetime registration as a sex offender. Pruitt pleaded guilty to one count of rape of a child younger than 14 in October 2013.

The crime was committed November 2012. The charge stemmed from an investigation by the Kiowa Police Department and Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Assistant Attorneys General Amy Hanley and Kristiane Bryant of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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