Convicted rapist gets 34 years in retrial

(WBIR) A man will spend 34 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to raping an 11-year-old girl until she was 13.

On Tuesday, Jayson Bailey pleaded guilty to the following charges: four counts of rape of a child, five counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

In 2010, a jury convicted Jayson Bailey on the same charges. Despite the conviction, Judge John Kerry Blackwood granted Bailey a new trial two years later. Blackwood based his decision on a TBI investigation that revealed for years disbarred judge Richard Baumgartner abused painkillers and made illegal drug deals while serving as a judge.

BACK STORY: Judge grants new trial for convicted child rapist

Baumgartner presided over Bailey's conviction in 2010. At the time, it only took the jury 12 minutes to find Bailey guilty of raping his step-daughter.

Editor's Note: WBIR 10News protects the identity of rape victims in our coverage of criminal cases. In this case, the victim's identity was revealed because in December 2011 the victim and her family asked 10News to share her story publicly.

The victim testified Tuesday. She indicated that she didn't feel like Bailey was actually remorseful, but said she's satisfied with the agreement. She added that she hopes his prison sentence will help her and Bailey's families to move on and start the healing process.


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