Appeal gets Ga. man reduced sentence in child rape

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Updated: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:16:10 EST

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A west Georgia man serving life in prison has agreed to a new plea deal reducing his sentence to 15 years after an appeals court threw out his 2010 conviction on rape and child molestation charges.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/1sADhum ) 48-year-old Winfred Ottley pleaded guilty Friday to child molestation and statutory rape charges in Muscogee County Superior Court. Ottley says he's innocent. His attorney, Vicki Novak, said he decided not to risk another conviction after a new trial.

Ottley was convicted of repeatedly raping a girl over the course of more than three years. The Georgia Court of Appeals threw out the conviction last year, saying his defense attorney failed to challenge medical evidence at the trial.

Ottley's new sentence makes him eligible for parole in 4 ½ years.

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Information from: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, http://ledger-enquirer.com

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