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Former golf coach loses appeal in sex assaults case

Former golf coach loses appeal in sex assaults case

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ A former Scottsbluff High School golf coach has lost an appeal of his sentencing for sexual assault.

The Nebraska Appeals Court on Tuesday rejected 63-year-old Mike Klein’s appeal of his 24- to 32-year sentence. He’d been given six to eight years on each of the four counts and was ordered to serve them consecutively. The court says the sentences imposed by the Scotts Bluff County District Court judge are on the low end of the statutory sentencing range.

Klein, of Mitchell, was sentenced Nov. 20 after pleading no contest to the four counts of sexual assault on two girls he’d coached. Several other counts were dropped in exchange for his pleas.

The appellate court also rejected Klein’s arguments that his counsel had been ineffective.

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