A McLean County judge says a man convicted three times of sexually abusing children will spend the rest of his life in prison.
District Court Judge Charles Reynard sentenced 51-year-old Ronald Preston to two life terms plus 180 years in prison Friday for predatory criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
Prosecutors at Preston's trial in June said the most recent victim was abused for about five years -- beginning at age 5 --in the home where Preston and his wife baby-sat children.
Assistant State's Attorney Suzanne Geller said one victim who testified at Preston's trial could not come to court for the sentencing since she had been hospitalized for a suicide attempt.
Preston was earlier convicted of sexually abusing children in 1987 and 1995.