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Supreme Court overturns sentence in Grady rape case

February 25, 2008

Grady County-- The Georgia Supreme Court says Judge Ronnie Joe Lane of the Patuala circuit should not have sentenced Rodolfo Velazquez to life with parole because that can only be done as an alternative in a death penalty case.

Velazquez pleaded guilty to raping his seven year old stepdaughter in 2005.   District Attorney Joe Mulholland who tried the case said, "Given the fact that he pled blind to the charges, was the reason that we did not seek the death penalty. Had I known this was going to happen, it may have been something I would have considered at the time."

Rodolfo Velazquez' conviction stands, but he will have to be re-sentenced.

 

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