Man Convicted of Raping Child given Lengthy Prison Sentence
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A Centerville man convicted of raping a child in November 2012 has been sentenced to serve 25 years in prison.
Thirty-five-year-old Benjamin Thomas was convicted earlier this summer of third-degree rape, aggravated incest, sexual contact with a child under 16 and sexual exploitation of a minor.
Attorney General Marty Jackley says Thomas was sentenced this week to a total of 57 years in the State Penitentiary, with 30 of those years suspended. His two-year sentence for sexual exploitation will run concurrently with his time on the other counts.
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