Rape Conviction

By: AP
By: AP

A Colorado Springs businessman could spend the rest of his life in prison after being convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl.

Forty-one-year-old Bruce Sams, who has prior felony convictions, faces at least 48 years in prison if a judge declares him a habitual criminal after a hearing August 19.

Otherwise, he would face at least eight years in prison.

Either way, Sams falls under a law that requires sex offenders to stay in prison until the parole board deems them safe to return to society.

Prosecutors said during a week-long trial that Sams kidnapped and raped a girl who had run away from a center for troubled youths on December 11, 2003.

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