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Sex assault case results in 23-year sentence

A 38-year-old Cromwell man was sentenced to more than 23 years in prison Monday for engaging in oral sex with a 7-year-old girl.

Francis Lenard Marsh was convicted of three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, including penetrative sex with a victim under 16, multiple acts, by a jury. On Monday, Carlton County Sixth District judge Robert Macaulay sentenced Marsh to concurrent sentences of 280 months (23 years, 4 months) and 187 months (15 years, 7 months) in prison. He is expected to serve at least two-thirds of the longest sentence. Conditional release after confinement is f...