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Hall County jury acquits man of rape charges
Gainesville resident convicted of three misdemeanors
Stanley Brown
Stanley Brown

A Gainesville man was acquitted on felony rape and kidnapping charges and convicted of three misdemeanors Thursday afternoon by a Hall County jury.

Stanley Brown, 53, was accused of forcing a 45-year-old Gainesville woman into an abandoned house on Travis Drive and raping and sodomizing her.

His attorney said the July 26, 2012, incident was not a forced encounter, but business as usual for the on-again, off-again couple.

Brown was acquitted on charges of rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, kidnapping and kidnapping with bodily injury and false imprisonment.

He was found guilty of battery and two counts of sexual battery that were lesser included charges of the sodomy and sexual battery felonies.

“The jury deliberated for three and a half hours, asked several questions of the judge along the way and worked very hard on a tough case,” Brown’s attorney Senior Public Defender Larry Duttweiler wrote in an email. “Their verdict is to be given great dignity and respect, considering all of the circumstances (including attending court on a snow day).”

Attorneys had faced a hectic schedule and witness no-shows caused by inclement weather as they sought to conclude the trial in Hall County Superior Court.

District Attorney Lee Darragh said they while his office always hopes for felony convictions, it respects jury decisions.

“Obviously, when our office presents a case to a jury, we are hoping for convictions on the felonies charged,” Darragh said. “Juries sometimes decide otherwise, and we respect their verdicts whatever they may be.”

Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver sentenced Brown immediately after the verdict was returned. Brown will serve 24 months in detention and 12 months on probation.

Under repeat offender sentencing guidelines, Brown faced a mandatory minimum of life in prison without parole on a conviction of rape, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated sodomy or kidnapping with bodily injury.