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Judge opts for downward departure on rape sentence

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FARGO -- A 20-year-old North Dakota man facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison for rape has been sentenced to five years.

A Fargo jury in February convicted Jermaine Jones of Class AA felony gross sexual imposition, which carries a sentence between 20 years and life in prison.

But East Central District Court Judge Wickham Corwin said in court Monday that a 20-year sentence for Jones would be the "equivalent of another of this young man's lifetimes."

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