A Nevada man sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing a family member under the age of 14 for more than two years has shockingly had his sentence changed to just one year. Isaac Onsurez admitted to having sex with the six-year-old girl more than 100 times in the late 1990s and pleaded guilty last December to lewdness with a minor under 14. But despite verbally sentencing Onsurez and electronically filing it the next day, Washoe District Judge Brent Adams said he didn’t intend to sentence the child molester behind bars and reversed his sentence.
Onsurez will now spend no more than a year in prison and will be on probation for five years. Adams called prosecutors and defense attorneys last week to say that he changed his mind about the sentence The decision was made despite Onsurez specifically signing on for a plea agreement that indicated the maximum 10-to-life term, meaning the 69-year-old would be eligible for parole in 10 years.
He admitted to prosecutors that he knew molesting the six-year-old was wrong, but could’t help himself because she was a “curious child that wanted sex.” More than 15 years later, Onsurez was deemed a low risk to offend again during two psychosexual evaluations before his sentencing. However, this was hardly any consolation for the victim’s family.
“It was the harshest sentence he could impose, and that was the justice we were looking for,” said the girl’s mother. “Then two days later we get a phone call. If you are a young adult and suffered child sexual abuse in Washoe County, more than likely if it happened in the 1990s, your abuser is not going to receive prison.”
(Photo: Washow County Police Department)