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Convicted Rapist Who Avoided Prison May Request New Trial

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ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — The lawyer for a convicted rapist who has been sentenced twice and avoided prison time says he’s considering a request for a new trial.

Austin Clem was convicted in a series of attacks on a former neighbor that began when the now 20-year-old woman was 13.

Limestone County Circuit Judge James Woodroof earlier this week suspended a prison term for 25-year-old Clem and ordered him instead to spend five years on probation. The initial sentence called for him to spend time in a community corrections program.

Clem’s attorney, Dan Totten, says although the sentences have stirred controversy, the conviction was unjustified and the court proceedings were one-sided.

The victim has spoken out against Clem’s resentencing and said she’s extremely upset with the judge’s ruling.

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