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Rape charge reduced in Alto man’s plea agreement
Mark Aaron Gibson 2017
Mark Aaron Gibson

The rape and aggravated sodomy charges for an Alto man were reduced to felony criminal attempt in a negotiated plea, according to court documents.

Mark Aaron Gibson, 32, was given a 30-year sentence, with the first 15 years in confinement, in a negotiated plea. The rest may be served on probation, and he will get credit for time served since Oct. 31, 2017.

Gibson was accused of a sexual assault on a woman in Alto.

Gibson was also charged in the indictment with false imprisonment, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer.

“Gibson physically restrained the victim, leaving visible marks on her neck,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Scott Ware said in a previous news release. “Gibson disabled a vehicle in an attempt to prevent her from escaping.”

The victim later escaped and called 911, Ware said at the time of Gibson’s arrest..

Gibson and the alleged victim were acquainted, Ware said.

Defense attorney Brett Willis declined to comment.

Gibson was given 15 years to serve plus five years on probation for the amended charges, and 10 years on probation for false imprisonment, according to court documenrts.

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