By Wesley Edwards

Earl Pryor, was in Northampton County Circuit Court Monday to be sentenced for his conviction on January 23, 2017 on 2 counts of aggravated sexual battery of a 13-year-old girl.

Defense attorney Paul Watson told the court that the defendant had a hearing problem but was in court on June 6, 2017 and was sentenced for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon when a relative removed the shotgun from his closet and discharged it. Watson explained that Pryor was sentenced to one year and 10 months for that conviction and with time served only had approximately one month left on that sentence. Watson also told the court that the defendant had a lot of medical issues that were very difficult for the jail to handle.

Commonwealth’a Attorney Beverly Leatherbury told the court that the victim was his 13-year-old granddaughter who had been living with his daughter when he followed her into her bedroom and began to assault her. Leatherbury told the court that this defendant was a lifetime alcohol user that contributed to this offense.

Defense attorney Paul Watson told the court the defendant was completely cooperative and that any touching that took place was upper body contact and that this defendant was now 68 years old having already been in jail 16 months.

Judge Lewis then sentenced the defendant to 10 years on each count suspending it all but 3 years to run concurrently with probation for an additional 3 years and good behavior for life along with the fact that he must register as a sex offender when released.