Man sentenced to 99 years in 2006 sex abuse case

J.R. Oppenheim
May 19, 2017 05:20 PM

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. -- A 31-year-old man received a 99-year prison sentence after a jury found him guilty of child sexual abuse, the 12th Judicial District Attorney's Office announced Friday.


The jury deliberated for an hour and 15 minutes in determining Brandon Dyke was guilty of five counts of criminal sexual penetration and seven more counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor. According to the district attorney's office, 30 years of the sentence were suspended.

The crimes took place 11 years ago when Dyke was 20 years old and the victim was 6. Dyke's brother was in a relationship with the victim's mother, and Dyke stayed with them in 2006.

The female victim said in court she would sleep in Dyke's bedroom and he repeatedly abused her, the district attorney's office said.

"The facts of the case were so egregious that the witnesses recalled the case even though more than 10 years had elapsed since they were committed," prosecutor RoxeAnne Esquibel said.

Dyke had reached a plea deal in the case in 2008, but four years later he petitioned to withdraw the agreement because he claimed he was not made aware of the penalties he would face. Dyke was able to withdraw the plea in 2015, but the district attorney's office said it moved forward in prosecuting Dyke anyway and got a conviction.

Dyke did not testify in the three-day trial.

"Wednesday was a great day for the criminal justice system," District Attorney John Sugg said. "Each member of the prosecution team worked tirelessly to make sure Brandon Dyke was held responsible for what he did, and on behalf of the victim, we are relieved to see him finally brought to justice."


J.R. Oppenheim

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