- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - A 26-year-old Pascagoula woman has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the sexual battery of a 13-year-old boy.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/29XXNm5) Miranda Duke pleaded guilty to three counts of sexual battery Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court and received a prison term of 30 years.

Judge Kathy King suspended 18 years, ordering Duke to serve 12 years without early release and the remaining time on probation. King ordered five years of probation to involve routine reporting to a probation officer.

A grand jury indicted Duke in 2015, alleging she had illegal sexual contact with a boy three times in Pascagoula in 2013.

Assistant District Attorney Cherie Wade said Duke’s willingness to plead guilty spared the boy and his family from the trauma of testifying in court.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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