Offender gets 1 year of prisonPublished 9:30am Friday, July 6, 2012
An Albert Lea predatory offender on Thursday was sentenced to one year in prison after he pleaded guilty last month to twice violating his registration requirements.
However, because Marlin Eric Espe, 43, has been in the Freeborn County jail on the charges since December, he only has about a month left to serve — allowing for release after two-thirds of the time.
After he is released he will be on conditional release for 10 years.
Espe has been required to register as a predatory offender after he pleaded guilty to criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree in Freeborn County District Court in 2008 and was sentenced in 2009.
Under state law, predatory offenders are required to register several pieces of information with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, including where they live, where they work, what they drive and if they own property, among others. Knowingly violating these requirements results in a new felony charge.
According to reports, Espe did not register his new address or where he worked, resulting in two new charges.
Because he did not have any previous registration violation convictions prior to the guilty pleas in June, the sentences will be served concurrently.
The one-year prison sentence is a presumptive sentence for the violation.