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Elderly man headed to prison for fondling grand-daughter

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Raleigh County Prosecuting Attorney, Kristen Keller, took a personal hand in making sure an elderly man goes to jail for what could be the rest of his life.

Donald Lilly, 69, was sentenced on Friday, March 8 on one count of First Degree Sexual Abuse.  Keller tells 59News Lilly took a plea agreement that will put him in the penitentiary for five to 25 years.  That could be the rest of his life, considering his age.  The victim in this case was Lilly's 11-year-old grand-daughter.

Even if Lilly were to make parole early, he faces a special kind of parole called "Intensive Sex Offender Parole" for 50 years.  Keller said that West Virginia law allows this parole for specifically for sex offenders and that it is more restrictive than parole offered to people who commit non sex crimes.  There are several stipulations including a restriction that the offender can not watch pornography among other thing.  There are also special Sex Offender Intensive Supervision parole officers who only supervise sex offenders. 

Of course, Lilly will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, if he is released.