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Thrash gets 160 years

By Clay Winowiecki - cwinowiecki@chronicle-tribune.com

Nicholas Deon Thrash received a prison sentence of 160 years for child molesting from judge Jeffrey Todd of Grant County Superior Court 1 on Thursday.

Thrash was found guilty of multiple Level 1 felony child molesting charges, which will be served consecutively. The state recommended a life sentence of 160 years out of a maximum sentence of 400 years. His victim became pregnant at the age of 10 as a result of repeat molestings.

Thrash was arrested in May 2017 after a the girl was found to be five months pregnant. Now 12 years old, the victim was forced to give birth and forced to give the child up for adoption, according to Deputy Prosecutor Lisa Glancy

The prosecution said the defendant began molesting the victim when she was only eight years old.

During the sentencing the victim, read an impact statement and said as a result of the crime she experienced pain that has affected her life in many ways.

She said she was once a “happy, positive, cheerful person” and that “it hurts to get raped by those who quote unquote love you.”

The victim said she was determined to gain her happiness back.

She has had a difficult time dealing with the aftermath of the events that transpired and has suffered through many issues as a result, said Glancy.

During the sentencing, Glancy said the defendant was in a position to have cared of the victim, as he was an authority figure, and he “was in a position of trust and betrayed that trust.”

The defendant was allowed to give a statement and said “I feel i am the victim...I’m not the reason she’s going through so much psychological hell.”

Thrash stated that he wishes to appeal the court’s decision with a court appointed defender.

Judge Jeffrey Todd, who presided over the trial, gave such a long sentence because he said the defendant, through criminal behavior, has proven he cannot live in society.

Judge Todd granted Thrash 492 days of credit to his sentence.

“I was very pleased with the sentence,” Grant County Prosecutor James Luttrull Jr. said.

Luttrull said it is unusual to have such a long sentence, even for violent crimes with multiple counts, but this case had “overwhelming aggravating circumstance” which merrited the sentence.

Given this sentence, there is no chance for Thrash to get out of prison due to good behavior.

“(Because he was charged with) child molesting of a child under the age of 12, he has to serve 85 percent of his sentence,” Luttull added. This equates to serving around 132 years.

The prosecutors could have sought a higher sentence of up to 400 years, but Luttrull said there was no point in trying to simply reach a higher number to impose a sentence in the several hundreds of yeara.

“I need to credit the extraordinary courage of the little girl, who has been through quite an ordeal,” said Luttrull.

He added that Deputy Prosecutor Glancy did an extraordinary job helping the victim and that Glancy was instrumental to the case.