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Appeals Panel Orders New Sentencing For Sex Offender

11-5-2013 Mississippi:

Jackson - A federal appeals court (USA v Nelson) has ordered a Mississippi judge to resentence convicted sex offender Tony Lashawn Nelson because one of the conditions on Nelson's supervised release was unreasonable.

Nelson was sentenced to 18 months in prison for failing to register as sex offender to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. Nelson was released from prison in June.

Nelson was convicted of sexual battery in 1995.

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found a Mississippi judge's order that prohibited Nelson from all "direct or indirect contact with any non-biological children" is unreasonable. In an earlier case, a panel ruled such a condition created an "unnecessary deprivation of appellant's liberty."

The panel ordered Nelson resentenced with that condition removed from his supervised release. ..Source.. by

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