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Abusive relative gets 126 years

October 18, 2008|Mike Anton

An Orange County man was sentenced Friday to 126 years in prison for physically and sexually abusing a female relative for nearly a decade, beginning when she was 7 years old.

Robert Butterfield, 40, was convicted by a jury in July of 18 felonies after a trial in Orange County Superior Court. Prosecutors said Butterfield, a sometimes homeless man who is 6 feet 5 and weighs about 275 pounds, repeatedly beat and sexually assaulted the girl until she was 16.

Butterfield was arrested in 2005 when a police officer on patrol saw him attacking the girl through the window of a Costa Mesa motel.

-- Mike Anton

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