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Hall County man gets 25 years in prison for rape, aggravated sexual battery
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Jonathan Craig Kendricks

After reviewing the facts of a “heinous” case involving the rape and sexual battery of a young girl, Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller sentenced a Hall County man to 25 years in prison followed by life on probation or parole Tuesday, Jan.8.

Jonathan Craig Kendricks, 29, was found guilty by a jury Nov. 8 on the charges of rape and aggravated sexual battery involving a girl under the age of 10.

Fuller gave Kendricks 25 years to serve behind bars on both counts, but the sentences will run concurrently. If Fuller chose to run the counts consecutively, it would have been 50 years to serve.

According to the indictment, Kendricks was accused of raping the girl in May 2016, as well as a sex act involving a foreign object.

Assistant District Attorney Harold Buckler said the victim’s mother “indicated that she wants to be done with this and move on,” a feeling he also gleaned from his talks with the victim.

Kendricks’ father was the only person to testify at sentencing, using his time to speak highly of Kendricks.

Before Fuller imposed his sentence, Buckler expressed his worry about the well-being of the girl and whether or not she would get the adequate help to cope with what has happened.

Defense attorney Matt Leipold previously said he would “pursue an appeal and continue our vigorous defense of Mr. Kendricks.” Leipold declined to comment.


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