STARK COUNTY, N.D. - The former LaMoure police chief was sentenced on Tuesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole for continuous sexual abuse of a child.
James Watson was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child in both Golden Valley and Stark counties, as well as gross sexual imposition in Hettinger County during the summer of 2017. Watson entered an Alford plea in March to the charges in Hettinger and Stark counties.
The plea is not an admission of guilt, but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction.
In February, a jury in Golden Valley County convicted him of continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Watson was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole for both the Stark and Golden Valley county charges. He was also sentenced to five years for the Hettinger crime. All sentences will run concurrent.
Stark County state’s attorney Tom Henning says life with the possibility of parole means serving 30 years, minus time for good behavior before parole is considered.