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5:47 pm CDT, Friday, September 18, 2020
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico jury on Friday convicted a Native American activist of rape and voyeurism, however acquitted him of kidnapping — essentially the most severe cost towards him.
Santa Fe jurors deliberated for lower than 4 hours earlier than asserting their verdict towards Redwolf Pope.
Prosecutors had accused Pope of raping a girl in a Santa Fe resort in 2017 and recording the act.
Pope is an activist who has been described as having assisted elders and others throughout 2016 pipeline protests on the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota.
The girl Pope was convicted of raping had requested him to present her a experience house from a celebration, in accordance with proof offered at trial.
Pope might have been sentenced as much as 18 years for kidnapping, a primary diploma felony. The third-degree felony rape cost and the misdemeanor voyeurism collectively carry a mixed most penalty of 4 years in jail.
The general public defender representing Pope stated his consumer was not responsible of kidnapping as a result of the girl willingly acquired into his automobile.