Appellate court cuts convicted rapist's life term to 20 years

Updated: Aug. 16, 2017 at 3:46 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A state appellate court has set aside the life sentence of a man convicted of raping three girls, including two in Caddo Parish.

In an opinion handed down Wednesday, Louisiana's 2nd Circuit of Appeal affirms the conviction of 76-year-old Roy Leon Robertson.

But the judges instead sentence the Grant Parish man to 20 years in prison at hard labor with no restrictions on parole, probation or suspension of sentence.

Robertson repeatedly raped and molested three female relatives during a 30-year span.

The assaults occurred while one girl and another close female relative were living and attending elementary school in Caddo Parish.

And a 13-year-old relative told staffers at her school in Winn Parish that Robertson had been raping her for as long as she could remember.

Court records show one girl was molested and raped over for four years.

Those same records say the two other girls were assaulted from the time they were about 6 years old until they were 14 years old.

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