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4/24/2013 1:55:00 PM
Brian Whatley to face lengthy prison term
Brian James Whatley
Brian James Whatley

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

CAMP VERDE -- Brian James Whatley of Camp Verde was told Monday that if he were to be convicted at trial he could be sentenced to as much as four life sentences plus 34 and a half years. He is charged with sex crimes against a girl younger than 12.

Even with a plea agreement, Whatley was told, he could face a total of 57 years in prison. The so-called "Donald" hearing allows an accused to hear of his exposure in both circumstances.

Whatley, 44, was charged with sex with a minor child in November 2012 and held without bond.

Five of the crimes are considered "dangerous crimes against a child."

Between June and October 2012, Whatley is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child. In November of 2012, he is charged with sexual abuse. Four other charges allege sexual intercourse or oral sex with a minor.

A plea agreement is possible when the case returns to Judge Michael Bluff's courtroom May 1. Oral arguments are scheduled that day on a defense motion.

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