- Associated Press - Sunday, April 19, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Two men convicted of sex crimes involving a Salt Lake County woman have been granted a new trial by the Utah Court of Appeals.

The appeals court on Thursday overturned the March 2013 convictions of David Akok and John Jok, saying a prosecutor improperly appealed to juror’s emotions during closing arguments of their trial.

The court ruled that rather than focusing on evidence, the prosecutor erred when he said, “They took advantage of a very vulnerable victim. Don’t let them take advantage of it again.”

Akok and Jok are accused of drinking alcohol with the woman in her apartment and taking advantage of her after she fell asleep in September 2012. Akok was convicted of rape and Jok was convicted of sexual abuse.

Utah attorney general spokeswoman Missy Larsen told the Deseret News that her office would review the decision before deciding whether to appeal it.

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