Lyndon man faces sentencing for attempted aggravated indecent liberties

LYNDON – Plea negotiations have led to a Lyndon man entering a plea of no contest to a felony charge of attempted aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Christopher A. Gillham, 25, of rural Lyndon, will likely face a sentence of 60 days in the county jail and probation, according to a plea agreement with the Osage County Attorney.

The Osage City Police Department arrested Gillham on June 28, 2014, at a residence in Osage City, and Osage County Attorney Brandon Jones filed charges against him for aggravated indecent liberties with a child and lewd and lascivious behavior.

On July 31, during a scheduled preliminary hearing in Osage County District Court, Jones noted a witness in the case was not available to testify. Gillham’s attorney, James Campbell, told the court that attorneys had been in negotiations on the charges, resulting in the county attorney filing the amended charge and dropping the lewd and lascivious charge.

During that hearing, Gillham waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the amended charge, and arraignment was set for Aug. 4.

At the arraignment, Gillham entered a plea of no contest to the complaint, which alleges that he attempted the perpetration of the crime of aggravated indecent liberties with a child older than 14 but less than 16 years of age, but failed or was prevented from executing the crime. Osage County Chief Judge Phillip Fromme accepted the plea and found Gillham guilty of the crime.

The penalty for conviction of the severity level 5 person felony is a minimum of 31 months to a maximum of 136 months in prison and a fine of up to S300,000.

As part of the agreement, filed with Gillham’s tender of plea, the county attorney is to request that Gillham serve 60 days in the Osage County Jail prior to being released on probation, with the sentence not including time Gillham has been in custody since arrested. The agreement also noted the judge would make the final determination of sentencing, and could disregard the plea agreement.

Gillham’s sentencing is set for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 15, 2014, in Osage County District Court, Lyndon.

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