DA: Offer to Genarlow Wilson; Get out of jail after 5 years

Genarlow Wilson, the Douglas County man imprisoned for receiving oral sex from a 15-year-old girl when he was 17, would be able to get out of prison sooner and avoid having to register as a sex offender under a plea deal a prosecutor offered his attorney this week.

Douglas County District Attorney David McDade spelled out the deal in a letter he sent Monday to one of Wilson's attorneys, Rodney Zell.

In the letter, McDade offers to let Wilson plead to a felony "that reflects his criminal actions with the victim in this case."

McDade, however, does not identify possible charges. But he says Wilson could plead guilty to an offense that does not require sex offender registration, which has been one of the main sticking points in the case. Wilson's attorneys have said he fears being on the registry would hurt his chances of getting into college and starting a career.

McDade also offers to let Wilson serve only five years of a 15-year sentence, with credit for time served. Wilson has already served more than two years of his 10-year prison sentence for aggravated child molestation. McDade said his office would not attempt to prevent parole for Wilson and that he could be treated as a "first offender" after his release from prison.

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