Local family on a mission of justice for a convicted sex offender
MOSCOW, ID —
For more than a decade, a local father has never missed a court date for the convicted sex offender who hurt his daughter.
Christopher Basting faces a judge in Latah County District Court for the charge of a felon in possession of a firearm.
For the Leas family, their mission for justice started in the early 2000’s.
"For all the horrible things, he's caused my little girl. He's destroyed her life since she was twelve-years- old,” said Fred Leas.
Basting was convicted in July of 2005 of lewd conduct with a minor under 16. The victim is related to Fred Leas.
Ever since that conviction, the Leas family has been keeping tabs on Basting, and going to every court case, every time he’s charged with a crime.
"He needs to be held accountable, he needs to receive the maximum sentence for that crime,” Leas said.
The family want to see Bastings behind bars. The prosecutor’s office wants the same, but in this particular case, he may not serve jail time.
"Obviously we rely heavily on the recommendations of others, treatment providers, whether there's substance addiction for example and we look to those things the underlying root cause of how someone should be punished why they should be punished in that particular form or fashion,” said the prosecuting attorney.
For this case, the maximum sentence for unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon would be up to five years in Idaho State Penitentiary. But that sentence will be up to the judge.
"I don't know if he'll spend any time in the penitentiary for this crime or not it will be up to a judge,” said prosecuting attorney.
As for the Leas family, they will not give up their hope for justice.
There will be another court conference on September 18th. At that time Basting will either plead guilty or decide to go to trial.