Appeals Court Backs 30,000-Year Term

John Greiner Published: April 3, 1996
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The state Court of Criminal Appeals upheld a 30,000-year sentence for a man convicted in Oklahoma County of raping a 3-year-old girl, but one judge called the sentence absurd.

Charles Scott Robinson was tried by a jury and convicted of rape by instrumentation, two counts of forcible oral sodomy and three counts of indecent or lewd acts with a child under 16.

In accordance with the jury's recommendation, Judge Daniel L. Owens sentenced Robinson to 5,000 years imprisonment per count.

The sentence was handed down in 1994.

The court of criminal appeals affirmed this, but Judge James Lane dissented.

"Thirty thousand years ago a blanket of glacial ice stood at the northern banks of the Ohio and Missouri Rivers," Lane wrote in his dissent. "Woolly mammoths, giant sloths, and passenger pigeons no doubt felt its child.

"Thirty thousand years hence, man himself may be extinct. A sentence of this magnitude is, in my opinion, shocking and absurd."

Lane said he would have modified the sentence to be served concurrently although a sentence of 5,000 years can hardly be called rational.

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