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Man sentenced to life in rape case

11:24 PM, May 23, 2013   |    comments
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- A Savannah man accused of strangling a woman and raping her in front of her 1-year-old daughter has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Jerry Lewis Howard was sentenced Thursday for the 2007 incident. Officials with the Chatham County District Attorney's office say he was granted a retrial in the case in 2010.

Authorities have said Howard's then 28-year-old girlfriend returned to his house after the two had broken up to retrieve some of her things. Officials say 50-year-old Howard got into a fight with the victim and attacked her in front of her daughter.

Howard was charged with aggravated assault and child cruelty.

Associated Press

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