Jack found guilty of rape by jury

After deliberating just over one hour, an Evangeline Parish Jury convicted Harry Lee Jack of forcible rape. Jack, 53, of 901 Chestnut St., Mamou, was convicted of the rape, which occurred August 19, 2007, in the Town of Mamou. The case was investigated by the Mamou Police Department.

Jack will be facing not less than five nor more than 40 years at hard labor without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.

On November 20, 2007, an Evangeline Parish Grand Jury returned a true bill on the charge of aggravated rape, according to District Attorney Brent Coreil. Because this is a sex crime, the defendant shall be required to serve 100 percent of the sentence imposed.

Judge Tom Fuselier ordered a pre-sentence investigation by the Department of Corrections. The sentence is scheduled for August 28, at 9 a.m.

Judge Fuselier raised the bond of Jack from $225,000 to $600,000 pending sentencing.

Assistant District Attorney Raymond Lejeune presented the case to the jury on behalf of the State of Louisiana. He was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Vidrine. Kelly Tate represented the defendant and was assisted by attorney Floyd Dupre.

Coreil said, “We are pleased the victim and her family were satisfied with the outcome of this trial. Raymond Lejeune and our staff worked hard to see to it that justice was served.”

He added, “Our office is committed to the strenuous prosecution of domestic crimes and crimes of violence.

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