California golf coach gets 27 years for abusing boys

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A prominent youth golf instructor in California, who was arrested in December and charged with 65 felony counts pertaining to child molestation, and then compounded his legal trouble by plotting to kill his victims from jail, was sentenced to 27 years in state prison on Thursday.

According to a report from The Associated Press, Andrew Nisbet, 32, of Livermore, pleaded guilty to seven felonies including murder solicitation, possessing child pornography and lewd and lascivious acts on a minor, as part of a plea deal. Prosecutors dismissed nearly 80 other felony charges, helping him avoid a possible life sentence.

Nisbet, who had been director of instruction at Las Positas Golf Course in Livermore, Calif., since 2006, and was set to recieve Northern California PGA's 2013 Junior Golf Leader Award the day after he was arrested, was convicted of sexually assaulting three boys between the ages of 12 and 17 from 2009 to 2012.

While being held in prison just weeks later, he tried to hire a hit man to kill the boys, but his plan was foiled when an informant handed over the disgraced coach's letters to police.