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Man gets 17 years of probation

MOBILE (AP) — An attempted rapist will spend 17 years on probation after he serves a much briefer prison sentence, a sentence the judge said was unusual but not unprecedented.

Mobile County Circuit Judge Sarah Stewart ordered Jovan Lamarc Pledger to serve three years of a 20-year sentence and spend the rest of that time on probation, the Press-Register reported Tuesday on its Web site.

Pledger pleaded guilty in February to accosting and trying to rape a 14-year-old girl as she walked home from a school bus stop.

Defense attorney Jim Byrd had asked the judge for a sentence that didn't include jail time because his client has had mental problems since childhood.

The judge said the 17 years of probation will allow Pledger to be monitored and provided treatment long after he normally would have left the system.

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