Robbinsdale man gets 180 days in workhouse, probation for sexually assaulting girl
September 14, 2023
Over the objections of his victim's family, a 22-year-old Robbinsdale man was spared prison and instead ordered to serve six months in custody after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a girl seven years younger than him when they were minors.
Devin James Hultin received the sentence following his conviction in Hennepin County District Court of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, which carries a presumptive sentence of 12 years. The abuse started in 2017 when the victim was 9 and Hultin was 16. Hultin, who is related to the girl, admitted to at least one assault, but the victim said he abused her multiple times up until 2020. The next year, after she became increasingly isolated and suicidal, she told her mom and reported to police.
Prosecutors explained at Hultin's sentencing Wednesday why they don't support him serving any prison time, despite strong opposition to this from the victim's family. The family was initially told by the first prosecutor on the case that the state would be seeking an eight-year prison term, according to three sources familiar with the matter.