- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

GRETNA, La. (AP) - A 63-year-old Metairie man convicted of sexual battery of a 5-year-old girl has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Mario Chavez, who was found guilty last week of abusing a girl in June 2014, faced 25 to 99 years in prison.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1NFbD6e) Chavez was sentenced Thursday by Judge Adrian Adams in Gretna.

Adams denied a defense request for a new trial and ordered that at least 25 years of the sentence be served without probation, parole or suspended sentence.

Chavez will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life if he is ever released from prison.

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Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, https://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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