A Brave Testimony: Justice Served in Conviction

June 25, 2023

In 2017, a man named Patrick Callegan broke into a 6-year-old girl's home and raped her. He was convicted for the second time after a jury deliberated for only eight minutes. Callegan had previously pleaded guilty to second-degree rape and intimidating a witness in April 2019 and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. However, due to a recent Supreme Court ruling, he was allowed to change his plea to not guilty. The trial took place, and the now 12-year-old victim testified against him. The quick verdict was attributed to the collective efforts of the team and the bravery of the young girl. Assistant District Attorney Chris Edwards, who worked on the case, expressed hope that her courage would inspire other victims of sexual crimes to come forward to law enforcement.

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