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A Neligh man was sentenced to 70 years in prison on eight counts of sexual assault of a child and child abuse in Antelope County District Court on Wednesday afternoon.
Darryl Lierman, 51, was sentenced to a total of 70 years in prison, with a minimum of 57 1/2 years, less 272 days, before he is eligible for parole.
Lierman’s court-appointed attorneys were Doug Stratton and Jason Doele, and the state was represented by Antelope County Attorney Joe Abler, Assistant Antelope County Attorney Joe Smith and Assistant Nebraska Attorney General Sandra Allen.
On January 17, a 12-member jury, made up of 8 women and 4 men, found him guilty of three counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child, two counts of third-degree sexual assault of a child and three counts of child abuse. The jury took less than 4 hours to deliberate and unanimously found Lierman guilty on all counts.
During the trial, Lierman denied the allegations against him and had previously entered not guilty pleas to all eight counts. The prosecution called 13 witnesses to the stand during the court proceedings, including two victims who testified that Lierman sexually assaulted them as young as 10 or 11 years old.