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Former Orange County youth minister set to serve more prison time than expected
ORANGE COUNTY - A former youth minister convicted of sexually assaulting two teenage girls is facing a prison sentence twice as long as he might have expected.
A district court judge in Orange County has decided on what amounts to a 30-year sentence for Joshua McDonald.
McDonald pled guilty to sexually assaulting two young girls. A jury heard evidence in the punishment phase this week. On Wednesday, the panel said McDonald should receive 15 years in prison for each of the six counts of sexual assault.
He would have served the sentences at the same time, meaning a maximum of 15 years.
However, on Friday, Judge Courtney Arkeen decided Mcdonald should serve two of the terms consecutively meaning a maximum of 30 years.
He will have to spend at least half that time or 15 years behind bars, before he is eligible for parole.
The prosecutor says parents and pastors are people we should be able to blindly trust with children and when they violate the trust., hey need to face serious punishment.
We asked district attorney John Kimbrough about the sentence. He told us: "I think it's appropriate. It could have been a lot worse. It could have been 90 years. I think it's fair. It's a difficult case. Our prayers go out to everyone involved."