GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — A Grand Island man convicted of sexually assaulting two young girls will spend up to eight years in prison and must register as a sex offender.
Carlos Linares, 40, was sentenced on Monday in Hall County District Court to six to eight years for first-degree sexual assault and three to five years for third-degree sexual assault on a child for incidents that occurred between Jan. 1, 2008, and May 4, 2011. The sentences will be served at the same time.
Linares pleaded guilty in August to the charges involving two girls, now 9 and 13 years old.
His attorney, Jennifer Kearney, told the court on Monday that she believed Linares decided to plead to the charges after a “cost-benefit analysis,” rather than out of guilt.
“The risk was greater than he was willing to take,” she said, adding it would not have been her decision.
Kearney added that she believed a lengthy sentence was not necessary because it was likely he would be deported back to El Salvador.
Linares told the judge through an interpreter that he was ashamed to be in court and “pleading to the charges was best for me.”