Plea bargaining happens every day in every criminal court.
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Yes, this is what plea bargaining is all about. Defendants are given incentives to plead guilty and relieve the State of their burden of proof.
Your uncle entered into a plea bargain with the prosecuting attorney that resulted in him getting sent to prison for 6 years and in preventing your sister from having to go through the difficult task of testifying before a group of strangers about what he did to her. The criminal process is not perfect by any means, but prosecutors often do their best to protect society's most vulnerable citizens (children, elderly, etc) from having to go through the process of trial while simultaneously working to put guilty defendants behind bars to prevent them from harming more innocents. I understand your frustration with what must seem to you to be a light sentence but unfortunately there is nothing that can be done at this time.
Remember that even though the criminal process is over, your sister may be able to sue your uncle (if he has any assets worth suing for).
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