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Man sentenced to more than 300 years for child sexual abuse released from Colorado prison

Posted at 11:07 AM, Feb 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-28 13:07:39-05

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- A man who had been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison on child sex abuse charges has been released after Colorado's highest court declined to hear his case.

District Attorney Dan Rubinstein confirmed to KJCT-TV in Grand Junction that Michael McFadden, 46, was released from the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility in Ordway Tuesday.

KJCT reports McFadden was convicted in 2015 of sexually assaulting six young children and sentenced to a minimum of 316 years in prison.

McFadden appealed his conviction, saying that delays leading up to his trial violated state laws requiring a speedy trial. The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in McFadden's favor last June and threw out his conviction, KJCT reports.

The state then submitted an appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court, which declined to hear the case, leaving the lower court ruling in place.