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District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office on Thursday (Feb. 28) secured a 50-year prison sentence for a New Orleans man convicted last November of child molestation.
Criminal District Judge Camille Buras imposed the sentence upon 52-year-old Gabriel Hunter. A New Orleans jury last Nov. 9 found Hunter guilty of sexual molestation of a juvenile under the age of 13. Hunter faced a prison term ranging from 25 to 99 years after that verdict.
The victim in the case declined to make an impact statement before the court. She had reported the sexual abuse in 2015 before turning 12. The girl told investigators that Hunter had sexually abused her since she was 8, at locations in New Orleans, LaPlace and in Texas.
“I commend Judge Buras for recognizing the seriousness of this sexual predator’s offenses against this young girl,” Cannizzaro said. “His despicable criminal conduct caused irreparable harm to this innocent victim. We can only hope that this conviction and very significant sentence provides her and her family with some measure of comfort and justice, along with the peace of knowing he will not be free to harm anyone else.”
Assistant District Attorneys Michael Trummel and Mark Lopez prosecuted the case.
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