United States Eighth Circuit

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US v. DeCoteau, 10-2122

Defendant's conviction and sentence for aggravated sexual abuse of a child and abusive sexual contact are affirmed where: 1) defendant did not commit error or abuse its discretion in finding defendant competent to stand trial; 2) a reasonable jury could find from all of this that the government had submitted sufficient evidence of digital penetration; and 3) the district court did not err by holding that it lacked authority to sentence him below the statutory mandatory minimum of 30 years.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 01/12/2011
  • Published 01/12/2011


  • Diana C. Murphy


  • United States Eighth Circuit