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Plea spares rapist a life term; victim, a 2nd trial ordeal

Posted: 5:43 PM, Apr 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-30 18:43:26-04

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A former New Orleans police officer has pleaded guilty to the 2003 rape of his ex-girlfriend’s child.
    
Forty-three-year-old Michael Thomassie had been convicted of first-degree rape in 2015. But, the conviction, which carries a life sentence, was overturned on appeal.
    
On Monday he pleaded guilty to second-degree rape and sexual molestation of a juvenile under age 13. He received 10 years on the molestation charge, but with eight years of that suspended. He received five years on the second-degree rape charge.
    
He would become eligible for parole after serving two years and is being given credit for more than a year already served.
    
The District Attorney’s Office said the plea deal was accepted after the victim, now age 22, said she didn’t want to go through a second trial.

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