- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A 73-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for raping a 5-year-old girl at the Pawtucket elderly housing complex where he lived.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2cMcnQc) that Joao Vieira was sentenced in Superior Court on Thursday to concurrent life sentences for each of two first-degree child molestation counts. He also received a concurrent 30 years in prison for second-degree child molestation.

A jury convicted Vieira in May. He refused to speak in court Thursday and stared down at the courtroom table.


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