June 17, 2013
HAZARD — A Scuddy man was sentenced to serve up to 20 years in prison for the 2011 rape of a 14-year-old girl.
Stephon Slone, 31, appeared in Perry Circuit Court on Thursday for sentencing on charges of first-degree rape and persistent felony offender. Slone was convicted in April following a week-long jury trial in which he faced allegations of raping his then girlfriend’s teenage daughter.
Slone adamantly denied the allegations, and his defense attorney, David Johnson, noted in court on Thursday that he had filed a motion for a new trial and does expect to appeal the conviction. Johnson has previously stated the case against his client, which largely hinged on the victim’s testimony during trial, should have been insufficient for a conviction. He added on Thursday that the evidence presented in Slone’s defense, which included testimony counter to the victim’s along with a medical report, actually proved his innocence in the case.
“We hope that someday the truth will come out,” Johnson said.
Circuit Judge William Engle, however, followed the jury’s recommendation, sentencing Slone to a total of 20 years in prison. Upon his release Slone will be required to register as a sex offender. He will also be required to submit to having his DNA added to a database of offenders.