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Rape charge dismissed in Braselton man’s plea deal
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Emmanuel Harris

Three out of five charges have been dismissed in a Braselton man’s plea agreement, including rape and aggravated assault.

Emmanuel Kevin Harris, 28, took a negotiated plea deal under the First Offender Act on aggravated battery, according to court documents. He was given a sentence of 10 years, with the first two years in custody. 

Harris will receive credit for time previously served.

An attempt to reach Harris’ attorney Dawn Taylor for comment was unsuccessful.

Harris was originally charged with rape by Braselton Police in September 2017.

The woman and Harris were previously acquainted.

“Sometimes the facts and circumstances of a particular case necessitate a negotiation on charges and an appropriate plea that still accomplishes justice for the victim,” Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Lee Darragh said in a statement regarding the charges dismissed.

Darragh did not elaborate on the specific circumstances on the case.

Under the First Offender Act, Harris will be “discharged of said offense without court adjudication of guilt and shall be completely exonerated” if he fulfills all of the terms of his sentence.

According to the special conditions of the sentence, Harris must provide verification of evaluation and/or treatment for anger management and is subject to random drug screens at the direction of probation.

Harris will be allowed to serve his custodial time in the Hall County work release program, according to court documents.