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Defense attorney Ron Yengich, who asked that his client be sentenced to the mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison, said the true tragedy of the case would be if the victims did not get help to move past what they had been through.
"This man is going to prison. But if they want help, it’s out there for them and I would encourage them to get it because their lives do not have to be ruined," Yengich said. "There is no excuse for what he did and he says this isn’t the devil; it’s him. He acknowledges that this is not only criminal but, in his belief, very sinful behavior for which there can’t be, never will and no one will ever give an excuse for."
Restitution, which would go toward counselling and therapy for all victims, will be determined no later than December.
McDougal was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.
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