Man Sentenced To Life For Sex Crime At Jackson County Park

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge in Mobile has sentenced a man to life imprisonment after he exposed himself to a boy at Lum Cumbest Park in Jackson County. The judge cited the defendant's two previous convictions for sex crimes against children.

While indecent exposure sometimes is prosecuted as a misdemeanor crime, U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade ruled Wednesday that the life term was automatic for 46-year-old Michael Ryan South because of his record. Jurors convicted South in May on a felony charge of attempting to lure a 9-year-old boy for sex. The judge rejected defense arguments that a life sentence without the chance for parole was cruel and unusual punishment.