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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A man originally sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping had his sentence reduced to just 10 years behind bars for third-degree sexual assault after the Iowa Supreme Court found there was not enough evidence to convict.

Scott Robinson, 37, was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for third-degree sexual assault Tuesday after his kidnapping conviction was overturned earlier this year by the Iowa Supreme Court.

He was arrested and accused of kidnapping a woman in his apartment in October of 2011. He was convicted of first-degree kidnapping in April of 2012, which carries a life in prison sentence without the possibility of parole.

Robinson appealed, and his case was eventually kicked up to the Iowa Supreme Court, which threw out the conviction due to lack of evidence.

The case was kicked back down to Dubuque District Court, which could either put Robinson on trial for second-degree sexual assault, or keep the jury's previous conviction of third-degree sexual assault.

Dubuque County Attorney Ralph Potter said the state didn't have enough evidence to prove second-degree sexual assault.

Robinson was sentenced today for third-degree sexual assault.

Judge Michael Shubatt sentenced Robinson to 10 years, the maximum allowed for the crime.

"The basis of my decision not to suspend sentence is the nature of the crime itself," Shubatt said in court Tuesday. "Still believe that defendant is a dangerous person and a danger to society based on the facts of this case and the jury's determination."

Robinson will also receive lifetime supervision from the Iowa Department of Corrections and will have to register as a sex offender.

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