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Barnesville man sentenced for sexually assaulting intellectually disabled quadriplegic

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MOORHEAD – A Clay County judge on Monday sentenced a Barnesville man to four years and six months in prison for sexually assaulting a 21-year-old quadriplegic woman who has the mental capacity of a 5-year-old.

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Clay County District Court Judge Galen Vaa sentenced Michael Ray Herbst, 46, to six months longer than what Clay County prosecutors sought. Vaa called the case one of the most severe he’d ever seen.

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