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(Des Moines)— An Ottumwa man convicted of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse in 2008 may be serving more time in custody.

The Iowa Supreme court has rejected an appeal bid of Cory Blake West of Ottumwa.  West was sentenced to four years in prison.  Shortly before his release, the state filed a petition seeking to have him declared a sexually violent predator.  The designation of an offender as a sexually violent predator allows the state to continue to keep West locked up in order to protect the public.

The issue in West’s appeal was that West’s sentenced included a “special sentence” of up to ten years upon completion of the four years in prison.  The special sentence indicated West shall begin the sentence under supervision as if on parole.  West argues the special sentence was part of his original sentence, thus the state could not initiate a trail to declare him a sexually violent predator since his sentence was not nearing completion.

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