Liberian In U.S. Waffles About 5-Year Sex Assault Sentence

By Isaac Avilucea

handcuffTRENTON – A Liberian man who admitted sexually assaulting a child had to be talked to like a child by his attorney after he appeared to feign ignorance at sentencing Monday.

Leon Nimley, 54, pleaded guilty in February to sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl last year. A judge was supposed to impose Nimley’s 5-year sentence.

But Nimley, who had previously expressed bizarre reservations about pleading guilty, wrote to Judge Robert Billmeier since then asking to take back his plea because he no longer wanted the judge to honor the negotiated deal he struck with prosecutors.

Defense attorney Thomas Dunbar grew impatient with his client after speaking to him privately for about 15 minutes in a conference room.

Nimley, who speaks with a heavy accent and seemed to have difficulty understanding English, appeared confused throughout the proceeding.


SOURCES: News Now/ The Trentonian Crime Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.