Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Man Given 20 Year Sentence In Sex Assault

A Cookeville man will be 57 years old before he gets out of prison after a judge handed down a 20-year sentence this week.  Terry Dewayne Neal had been convicted of four counts of rape and three counts of sexual battery against a 13-year-old girl.  Authorities say he had been abusing the victim for several years, and say he also has charges pending in cases involving two other young victims.  His actual sentence was ten years per count on the rape charges, and three years on the sexual battery, but the judge ruled that some of that time could be served concurrently.  The effective sentence, officials say, will be 20 years behind bars, and once he gets out Neal will be on the state's sex offender list and will be on supervised probation for the rest of his life.