Monica Cluck Sentenced

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT)- The final day of the Monica Cluck trial started with more testimony from friends and family asking the jury to be lenient on her.

But when Cluck took to the stand to plea her case her first words were those many had been waiting for.

She opened up by telling the 17 and 15 year old boys that she was sorry for what had happened, and went on to appologize to her friends, family and the community as a whole.

"To be able to look at these people and actually say, I'm sorry for what happened, and I accept responsibility for what happened was things she wanted to say for some time," said her attorney Randel Miller.

But her words wouldn't be enough to keep her out of prison.

After nearly three hours of deliberations the jury returned with her sentence in hand.

On the two counts of first degree sexual assault she was given 8 year terms in prison - both to be served at the same time, and on the contributing to the delinquency of a minor charge, she was given a $750 fine.

"It's obviously a very serious charge. It's the second most serious felony classification in the State of Arkansas. A sentence of 8 years on both counts is not unreasonable, but not what we wanted," said Miller.

Outside a prison transport van moved into place, but to our unknowing Cluck was taken out a side door and escorted away by Sheriff Dan Langston.

Her attorney says he thinks she'll be okay even though she is going to prison.

"She's really grown a lot in the last 11 months and she's toughened up a lot. This was a blow to her, but I spent some time today with her, and she's really, I think, accepting what's happened and where she is," said Miller.

Cluck could be eligible for parole in two years.

Her attorney says if she choses to file an appeal she would likely do so through a self-appointed attorney.

Miller says unless appointed by the court, he likely won't participate in that process.

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