Judge sentences Shinnston man to prison term for sexual abuse

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A Harrison County judge sentenced a Shinnston man Thursday on sex charges.

A judge accepted a guilty plea from Skye Davis, 25, for sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or a person in a position of trust to a child and first degree sexual abuse.  In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss eight remaining counts with prejudice.

Davis will serve 10 to 20 years in prison for the charge of sexual abuse by a parent, guardian, custodian or a person in a position of trust to a child, with credit for time served, and 5 to 25 years in prison for the charge of first degree sexual abuse.  These sentences will run concurrently, or at the same time.  Davis will also have to register as a sex offender and spend 25 years on supervised release after he serves his prison term.

The prosecution had recommended not less than 10 years nor more than 20 years and not less than 5 years nor more than 25 years in prison for the respective charges.  Prosecutors had also pushed for them to be served consecutively.

The prosecution stated that Davis said he drank alcohol and used Xanax, and that his victims were younger than 12 and referred to Davis as “uncle.”  The prosecution also told the judge that the victims continue to struggle.

Davis’ defense argued that Davis is at low risk of being a recidivist and asked for alternative sentencing.  The defense stated that Davis has been seeing a doctor for therapy but could not show the judge documentation.  The defense did provide the judge with Davis’ attendance record at Celebrate Recovery.

During the sentencing hearing, the judge stated that Davis had not accepted responsibility and said alternative sentencing would take away from the proceedings.

Davis must also pay court costs and any other costs accrued by the victims, that is not covered by insurance, for the past, present and future.

Davis spoke at his sentencing and apologized for the incidents.  Davis said he could not explain why or how he committed the crimes but stated that it will never happen again.

The mother of the victims also spoke and was in tears throughout.  She stated that her girls are torn apart, and they still cry.  She also told the court, “He didn’t just stop at one.  He preyed on the other one, as well.”

Davis is currently being held in North Central Regional Jail.

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