- Associated Press - Monday, April 11, 2016

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A Kalispell man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison after he was found guilty in a retrial of raping an 11-year-old girl.

Jason Dean Franks on Thursday was sentenced for the assault that occurred nearly a decade ago. He had previously been convicted in 2012 of the same crime but the Montana Supreme Court reversed the conviction in 2014, ruling that prosecutors had gone too far by talking about a separate molestation charge at trial.

Franks was previously convicted of sexual assault in 1992 and was acquitted in a molestation case involving a 5-year-old in the 2000s.

At his sentencing, Franks, who says he is innocent of all charges, said it would be best if he received life in prison so he can’t be accused of assault again.

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