March 20, 2018
On March 16, 2018, Judge Daniel B. Proud sentenced defendant
Lawrence Leland Luck, age 72, to 6 years in state prison. Luck was
convicted of Lewd Acts with a Child by a jury of six women and six men on December
16, 2017. Luck faced a maximum sentence of 8 years.
The charge dates back to 2003, when defendant molested an eight year old child. The crime was not reported until years later, when the child reached adulthood. Although the case was filed in 2015, soon after the victim reported what had happened to her, contentious litigation delayed the matter from going to trial until Winter, 2017. After hearing the evidence against Luck, the jury quickly found him guilty of Lewd Acts with a Child and found the special allegation of 'Substantial Sexual Conduct' to be true.
At the nearly two-hour long sentencing hearing, members of the victim's family addressed the packed courtroom, asking Judge Proud to severely punish the defendant for the damage his actions inflicted upon the victim and her family. The El Dorado District Attorney's Office argued that Luck should be sentenced to 8 years state prison, the maximum sentence allowed, while the defense argued for leniency. After hearing from all parties, the court imposed 6 years in state prison and remanded Lawrence Leland Luck to the custody of the California Department of Corrections.
This case was investigated by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Dale Gomes.