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Meadows found guilty

It took a jury a little more than three hours Thursday to find a Pulaski County man guilty of raping a 17-year-old girl.
After reaching the verdict, the six-man and six-woman jury decided to recommend a 15-year prison sentence for Jeffrey (or Jeffrie) Lamont Meadows. Rape carries a possible sentence of five years to life.
Defense attorney Wade McNichols’ made a motion for the court to set aside the jury verdict, thus finding the evidence was insufficient for a determination of guilt. However, Judge Colin R. Gibb denied the request, noting that the verdict was consistent with evidence in the case.
The jury acquitted Meadows of a charge of inanimate object penetration. A third charge of sodomy was nolle prosequi (not prosecuted with the option to refile).
Meadows is to be tried next Wednesday (March 18) on a charge of conspiring to impede or intimidate a witness in the case.
A co-defendant in the rape case, Ernesto Efrain Garcia of Pulaski, pleaded guilty to rape Nov. 13. He is to be sentenced April 9 after completion of a background report.
A background report also was ordered for Meadows Thursday. Judge Gibb will officially sentence Meadows after the report is completed. The judge can choose to reduce the jury-recommended sentence, but he cannot increase the sentence.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.
The accuser, whose identity is being withheld due to the nature of the case, alleges she was walking down the street on Veterans Hill Road May 31 when Meadows and Garcia raped her.
Meadows acknowledged having sex with the woman, but contended it was consensual. He said he was walking down the hill after leaving a gathering at a Veterans Hill residence when he came across Garcia and the woman.
The case took four days to complete.

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Meadows found guilty

It took a jury a little more than three hours Thursday to find a Pulaski County man guilty of raping a 17-year-old girl.
After reaching the verdict, the six-man and six-woman jury decided to recommend a 15-year prison sentence for Jeffrey (or Jeffrie) Lamont Meadows. Rape carries a possible sentence of five years to life.
Defense attorney Wade McNichols’ made a motion for the court to set aside the jury verdict, thus finding the evidence was insufficient for a determination of guilt. However, Judge Colin R. Gibb denied the request, noting that the verdict was consistent with evidence in the case.
The jury acquitted Meadows of a charge of inanimate object penetration. A third charge of sodomy was nolle prosequi (not prosecuted with the option to refile).
Meadows is to be tried next Wednesday (March 18) on a charge of conspiring to impede or intimidate a witness in the case.
A co-defendant in the rape case, Ernesto Efrain Garcia of Pulaski, pleaded guilty to rape Nov. 13. He is to be sentenced April 9 after completion of a background report.
A background report also was ordered for Meadows Thursday. Judge Gibb will officially sentence Meadows after the report is completed. The judge can choose to reduce the jury-recommended sentence, but he cannot increase the sentence.
A sentencing date has not yet been set.
The accuser, whose identity is being withheld due to the nature of the case, alleges she was walking down the street on Veterans Hill Road May 31 when Meadows and Garcia raped her.
Meadows acknowledged having sex with the woman, but contended it was consensual. He said he was walking down the hill after leaving a gathering at a Veterans Hill residence when he came across Garcia and the woman.
The case took four days to complete.

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