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Prosecutor: Rapist’s plea deal spared child from testifying

September 20, 2018

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans man who pleaded guilty to the 2017 rape of a child has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

New Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office said in a Wednesday news release that 34-year-old Archie Gordon pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree rape. The release said Gordon had originally been charged with first-degree rape and faced a possible life sentence. It said a plea agreement was reached at the urging of the victim’s mother, who wanted to avoid her daughter testifying at trial.

Cannizzaro said the deal resulted in a significant sentence, while sparing the victim from having to suffer through a trial.

Gordon was arrested after the girl and her mother reported the rape to police in 2017, when the victim was 9 years old.

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