Washington prosecutor asks to recuse judge in sex abuse case

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — After a judge sentenced a woman convicted of sexually abusing a girl for years to less than half the recommended prison time, a Washington prosecutor has requested the judge vacate the conviction, recuse herself from the case and send it to another judge for re-sentencing. The Bellingham Herald reports the motion claims the judge wrongfully considered Kristi Lynn Johnston’s own history as a victim of sexual abuse in her sentencing decision. The judge says the facts of that case are relevant. Whatcom County Prosecutor Erik Sigmar recommended five years in prison. Judge Lee Grochmal sentenced Johnston to just two years and five months in prison.