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5 Browns dad Keith Brown sentenced to 10 years to life in sex abuse case

"5 Browns" dad Keith Brown gets at least 10 years in sex abuse case
Deondra, Ryan, Melody, Desirae and Gregory Brown (l-r) as The 5 Browns AP/Jim Cooper

(CBS/KUTV/AP) PROVO, Utah - Father of the famous 5 Browns - a well-known classical piano-playing group - has been sentenced to 10 years to life on charges that he sexually abused his three daughters when they were children.

According to CBS affiliate KUTV, Keith S. Brown pleaded guilty in February to one felony count of sodomy and two felony counts of sexual abuse.

Fourth District Judge David Mortensen sentenced the 55-year-old on Thursday to 10 years to life on the first count, and 15 years to life for each of the others.

"Home should be a refuge, and a parent should be a protector," the judge said to Keith Brown at the Provo Courthouse Thursday. "This is a life sentence, but it is likely parole will be considered."

KUTV reports that the sentences will run concurrently, but Brown will have to serve at least 10 years under the plea agreement.

Brown's daughters and sons make up The 5 Browns, whose albums have topped classical music charts. The daughters, now adults, reported the abuse last year.

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