Man gets 30 years in sex abuse case
Published 12:56 pm Friday, December 15, 2023
A Vicksburg man will serve 30 years in prison following his conviction for attempted sexual battery of a victim under the age of 14.
Circuit Judge Toni Walker Terrett sentenced James Cole to 50 years in prison with 20 years suspended and 30 to serve during a sentencing hearing Thursday.
A Warren County jury convicted Cole on Nov. 23 after a four-day trial in which the victim and her mother testified. Ninth Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ricky Smith said experts from the Children’s Advocacy Center also testified.
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Branan Southerland and Liem Walker prosecuted the case for the state.
Cole was indicted by a September 2020 grand jury on a charge of statutory rape of a victim under 14.