DeKalb man sentenced to 63 years for child sexual assault

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Jeremiah Riggs

SYCAMORE, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois man convicted of sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl has been sentenced to 63 years in prison.

The sentence means that 37-year-old Jeremiah Riggs of DeKalb will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. He was convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault and has been in jail since he was arrested in 2013.

The (DeKalb) Daily Chronicle reports that he’s accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting the child.

Riggs declined to make a statement before his sentence.

Prosecutors had sought a 90-year sentence. Rigg’s attorney, DeKalb County Public Defender Tom McCullough, asked for the minimum of 54 years.