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Grinnell gets 7 years for sex assault
Defense attorney Philip Brehm looks on as defendant Derek Grinnell buries his head in his hands during his sentencing hearing Thursday in Green County Circuit Court. Grinnell was convicted of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl. (Times photo: Katjusa Cisar)
MONROE - Derek Grinnell, 23, was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison for sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl, after his defense attorney unsuccessfully argued Grinnell's low IQ should be a factor in his rehabilitation. Grinnell has cognitive and learning disabilities and graduated from Monroe High School in 2009 at the academic level of a second- or third-grader, according to defense attorney Philip Brehm. Grinnell's IQ of 63 puts him in the range for a moderate disability.