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UPDATE: Morse Sentenced To 5 Years

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - In a packed court room, former pediatrician Melvin Morse turned to his young stepdaughter and said "I'm sorry...none of this was your fault," before the judge sentenced Morse to spend at least three years behind bars.

Morse was taken into custody, after a judge sentenced the former doctor to 5 years behind bars, with all but 3 suspended.

Back in February, Morse was convicted of reckless endangerment and other charges, after his 11-year-old stepdaughter told police in 2012 he had water boarded her, forcing her face under running water.

April 11th, state prosecutors accused Morse of not showing remorse for his actions.

His attorney, Joseph Hurley told 47 ABC "When the hell do you say you're remorseful? 52:28 when the person's there, you say I apologize."       

We reached out to Morse's family, but received no response.

Before sentencing, the young victim's counselor read a note the girl wrote, saying "he needs to feel what it is like to be a prisoner.  I was a prisoner at home with him."

Morse's attorney argued he had already been punished for his actions, saying "he right now is suffering from prostate cancer, with suspected thyroid cancer.  He has to have radiation, chemo therapy, surgeries...he's gotten punished enough."

The judge denied a request by Morse's attorney to suspend his sentence -- fearing the former pediatrician would receive proper medical attention for his health issues behind bars.  

Morse's attorney says they will appeal the judges decision to deny a stay of execution -- so the man can be treated for his prostate cancer.

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The former Delaware pediatrician found guilty of reckless endangerment, related to a waterboarding incident of his step-daughter, has been sentenced.

Friday morning, a Judge sentenced Melvin Morse to 5 years, he will serve three of those behind bars, and two on probation. In February, Morse was found guilty on six of the eight counts that he was facing. One felony 1st degree reckless endangerment directly from a waterboarding incident, three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, one count of 3rd degree assault and one reckless endangering 2nd degree.

Morse was found not guilty of 1st degree reckless endangering as relates to suffocating and endangering the welfare of a child.

Morse was facing a maximum of 10 years behind bars, for the conviction.

47 ABC's Jarred Hill will have more from the courtroom, tonight at 6 PM.

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