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Slagle Receives Three Life Sentences
A man convicted of sexually assaulting a young girl over the course of several years finds out how long he will spend in prison which should be the rest of his life .
It took a Wichita County only 27 minutes to reach their decision for 66-year-old Raymond Slagle who was found guilty on Tuesday on three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child by contact.
Wichita County First Assistant District Attorney John Gillespie says, "I believe very firmly that they came to the right decision. This man was a child predator. He had preyed upon two different children over a number of years. They found him guilty and they held him accountable."
Slagle was sentenced to three life sentences and a 20 year sentence that will run concurrently plus and additional 20 years for sexually assaulting a girl over and over from when she was 6 until she was 11 and inappropriately touching another girl from when she was 5 until she was 9.
Gillespie says the maximum sentence holds Slagle accountable for his actions.
"If you prey upon our children, if you harm our children; we will investigate you, we will prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law and the juries in Wichita County will find you guilty," Gillespie says. "They will believe children and they'll put you in a place where you can't harm a child."
Gillespie also revealed shocking new details about Slagle.
"He went into the police department and agreed to take a polygraph and could not pass a polygraph about sexually touching these children," Gillespie says. "In addition to that, he had offered before the trial started to plead guilty, which would be to admit what he did to both girls but he wanted probation for that."
Slagle's Defense Attorney Jeff Eaves called Slagle a man of Christ but Gillespie called him a wolf in sheep's clothing.
"That's one of the worst things that a predator can do. They not only taint their sexuality, they taint their spirituality as well. Just because someone claims to be a Christian doesn't mean that they are.
Eaves would not comment on camera but did release this statement:
"I respect our jury system of justice. It's the greatest in the world. I respect this jury's decision, however, I am disappointed at the outcome. I feel for the entire Slagle family. I will discuss Mr. Slagle's right to appeal.
Slagle received a 73 day credit for time already served.