A Garden City man who was convicted in February on two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child has been sentenced to 10 years and two months in prison.

Edgar Hugh Eakin, 68, appeared Friday in Finney County District Court, where District Court Judge Michael Quint ruled that Eakin will serve consecutive, 61-month prison terms, the sentence that had been recommended by Deputy Finney County Attorney William Votypka. Eakin was given credit for 41 days served in jail.

Eakin also will have to register as a sex offender and be under post-release supervision for the rest of his life.

As part of a plea agreement, Eakin pleaded no contest on Feb. 11 to amended charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. By pleading no contest, he neither admitted to nor disputed the charges, but it had the same effect as a guilty plea and Quint subsequently convicted him.

The case stems from the sexual abuse of two girls. Before pleading no contest to the indecent liberties charges, Eakin also was facing four counts of rape with a victim younger than 14 and one count of attempted rape, but those charges were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

Neither of the victims chose to make victim impact statements in court on Friday. When asked by Quint if he wanted to make a statement, Eakin said no.

In August 2018, the Kansas Court of Appeals reversed a ruling by Quint to suppress statements Eakin made to Garden City police on Oct. 11, 2016, and remanded the case back to Finney County for a hearing to determine whether statements Eakin made to police were voluntary.

In Quint’s ruling, he said police’s Oct. 11, 2016, interview with Eakin was “custodial,” and that Eakin was never read his Miranda rights before the interview. Quint also established that police continued to question Eakin after he asked for an attorney.

In a December 2018 hearing on whether Eakin’s statements to police were voluntary and therefore admissible, Quint ruled they were and set a Feb. 11 court date for the case, at which time Eakin entered his plea and was convicted.

 

Contact Brett Riggs at briggs@gctelegram.com.