St. Paul’s School Rape Trial: Owen Labrie Sentenced to Year in Prison

NBC News

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The former New Hampshire prep school student convicted on lesser charges in a rape trial that exposed a campus tradition of sexual conquest was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison followed by probation.

Owen Labrie, 20, potentially faced up to 11 years in prison for the four misdemeanor sex offenses and one felony charge of computer-related seduction in the sexual assault case involving a fellow student.

Jurors, however, acquitted Labrie on Aug. 28 of the more serious felony rape charges, which each carried up to 20 years in prison.

“I believe that you are not the angel as portrayed by your counsel” and in letters of support submitted on his behalf, state Superior Court Judge Lawrence Smukler told Labrie. “But neither are you the devil as portrayed by the prosecution.”

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