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Russell man faces life without parole for rape conviction

A Russell County man convicted Wednesday of four sexually related charges won't ever leave prison.

That's because Vincent Bernard Jones had three felony convictions -- two of them rapes -- under his belt when he faced a jury on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse and incest. Convictions on all of those counts means the only sentence he can receive is one of life in prison without the chance of parole, said Russell County District Attorney Kenneth Davis.

"I think this guy's a sexual predator," Davis said. "We're very pleased the jury believed the young girls and convicted him."

Jurors took 35 minutes to convict the 44-year-old in the one-day trial in which they heard from several witnesses about how Jones inappropriately touched a relative over the summer of 2007. The acts happened in a number of places across Russell County, but more than once at a Sandfort Road home, Davis said.

Authorities learned of the sexual abuse in February when the victim told her mother's boyfriend. She then told more of the story to her mother and a police officer. During interviews at the child advocacy center, she revealed other instances of abuse.

Jones still faces several other sexually related charges, though Davis hasn't yet decided what to do with those. He plans on talking with family members of the girls who claim Jones touched them before making a decision.

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