Father sentenced to 75 years for sexually abusing 12-year-old daughter
JEFFERSON, Iowa -- An Iowa judge has sentenced James Exline to 75 years in prison for sexually abusing his daughter, who was killed in a house fire allegedly set by her step brother. District Court Judge James Drew also denied the motion for a new trial for James Exline, according to WHO. "The judge stood by all of his initial rulings that Mr. Exline had a fair trial, that the evidence that was admitted was all permissible, but this also allows the defendant to preserve error and procedurally allows him to make an additional appeal," Assistant County Attorney Thomas Laehn said.