Marshall to serve time

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Ridgecrest resident Christopher Brian Marshall, 39, charged in September 2012 with multiple felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with an underage child, pled no contest to one count of unlawful sexual intercourse on July 11. He was sentenced on Sept. 12 in Bakersfield’s Metro Division courthouse.

In the plea deal, Marshall accepted a 16-month sentence, to be served in a California state prison in exchange for having the other seven felony charges dropped. Neither he nor the victim had to go to trial. He will also have to register as a sex offender in accordance with California Penal Code 290.46, for the rest of his life. His fines total just under $1,500. He was denied probation.

According to the Kern County Sheriff’s website, Marshall is still being held at Lerdo pending transfer to an undisclosed state prison. He had been free on $375,000 bail until he was taken into custody following his sentencing on Sept. 12. He already has 32 days of time served, including 16 days of good behavior, toward completion of his sentence.

Story First Published: 2013-09-25