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Raping boy brings 38-year sentence for Marrero man

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 in Local Issues

Raping boy brings 38-year sentence for Marrero man By Times-Picayune Staff January 08, 2010, 3:00AM A Marrero man, acquitted last year of raping a girl and convicted in another case of sexually abusing an 8-year-old boy, was sentenced Thursday to 38 years in prison. Last month, Terry Harris, 27, was convicted of forcible rape of the boy in April 2004. Harris was charged with aggravated rape, which carries a mandatory life sentence in prison upon conviction. But a Jefferson Parish jury deliberated about six hours before convicting him of the lesser charge. Judge Nancy Miller of the 24th Judicial District gave Harris two years less than the maximum state law allows for forcible rape. Assistant District Attorney Churita Hansell said that she'll seek a ruling declaring Harris a habitual offender, because he now has three felony convictions. That means he could face up to 80 years in prison. He was convicted in 2000 of burglary and unauthorized entry. In a separate trial in May, a jury acquitted Harris of raping a 10-year-old girl at knifepoint during a sleepover in May 2004.

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