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Man facing rape charge could face longer sentence

Man facing rape charge could face longer sentence



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FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) -- A man accused of raping a Syracuse girl could be the first in the state to face spending 25 years to life in prison under a new state law.

Jonathan Kent Simmons, 29, pleaded not guilty to first-degree felony rape of a child and second-degree felony sex exploitation of a child at his arraignment Thursday.

The Legislature passed 'Jessicas Law' earlier this year and it requires anyone convicted of rape of a child, object rape of a child or sodomy on a child serve 25 years to life in prison.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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