Walla Walla man sentenced to at least 10 years in sexual assaults

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WALLA WALLA -- A 19-year-old man was sentenced Thursday to serve at least 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting two girls he had just met at his residence in the Eastgate area New Year's Day.

Phillip S. Ingram -- who pleaded guilty in June to second-degree rape of a child and third-degree child molestation -- faces a maximum of life.

Although Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann set the decade-long, minimum term Thursday, the state's Indeterminate Sentence Review Board will later decide when Ingram actually will be released.

Ingram's minimum term is the midpoint of the state's standard range of 8 1/2 to 11 1/3 years for the crimes.

The assaults occurred at Ingram's apartment at 150 S. Wilbur Ave., where he lived Jan. 1. He had sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl and sexual contact with a 14-year-old after what police described as an "alcohol-fueled" New Year's Eve party also attended by other teens.

Officials were contacted Jan. 3 after the 14-year-old told her mother.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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