EVERETT, Wash. (Metro) -- A man sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing a young girl is getting a lighter sentence. The state Supreme Court overturned Michael Gresham's sentence yesterday, on the basis that the jury should never have been allowed to hear about his prior convictions. Gresham was convicted in 2008 after testimony from a young girl regarding an earlier molestation. He was granted a sentenced of six years after the prosecution decided to reduce the charges against him and not retry the case. He will likely be released from prison within the next two years.. Copyright © 2012 Metro Networks Inc.