Last updated: July 18. 2013 11:25PM -
Cris Ritchie

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HAZARD – A Perry man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl was found guilty of first-degree rape Tuesday in a trial that started last week.

Stephon Slone, 31, of Scuddy, was indicted in October 2012 after allegations surfaced that he forced the girl to engage in sexual intercourse inside a residence in the Scuddy community in February 2011. With the addition of a charge of persistent felony offender, he faced a possible life sentence if convicted.

Slone remained on trial all last week, with testimony continuing throughout the day Monday and into Tuesday morning. The jury began deliberations Tuesday afternoon, taking less than one hour to return a verdict of guilty on one count of first-degree rape. In a separate deliberation, Slone was also found guilty of second-degree persistent felony offender.

The jury recommended a maximum sentence of 20 years to serve. Slone will be required to serve 85 percent of the total sentence before he will be eligible for parole. He will be formally sentenced on June 13.

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