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Danny Masterson supported by Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis in letters to judge for rape case

Danny Masterson was supported by former co-stars Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis in letters sent to the judge ahead of his sentencing hearing Thursday.

Masterson, 47, will serve 30 years to life after being convicted on two counts of forcible rape. He is currently being held at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Men’s Central Jail as he awaits his transfer to a California state prison. The department confirmed to Fox News Digital that the actor is being checked on every 30 minutes.

Kutcher starred alongside Masterson on the sitcom “That ‘70s Show” as Michael Kelso, and wrote about their time on the show in the letter, obtained by Fox News Digital.

“Danny takes his job seriously. He is kind, courteous, and hard working,” Kutcher wrote. “He treated everyone from the grips to the teamsters to the actors to the caterers as equals.”

Danny Masterson wears a blue suit and sunglasses while arriving to court for rape trial in LA

Masterson was convicted of two counts of rape after a mistrial last year. (Myung J. Chun)

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Charlaine Olmedo sentenced Masterson to 15 years to life on each count of rape, and ordered the sentences to be served consecutively. The sentence was the maximum allowed by law. It means Masterson will be eligible for parole after serving 25.5 years but can be held in prison for life.

Masterson’s legal team immediately announced plans to appeal, citing “substantial” errors in the trial.

“For the past several months a team of the top appellate lawyers in the country has been reviewing transcripts of the trial. They have identified a number of significant evidentiary and constitutional issues which they will address in briefs to both the state and federal courts,” Masterson’s lawyer, Shawn Holley, said in a statement provided to Fox News Digital.

“The errors that occurred in this case are substantial and, unfortunately, led to verdicts that were not supported by the evidence. And though we have great respect for the jury in this case and for our system of justice overall, sometimes they get it wrong. And that’s what happened here.”

Holley added, “Mr. Masterson did not commit the crimes for which he has been convicted and we, and the appellate lawyers, the best and the brightest in the country, are confident that these convictions will be overturned.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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