(WSVN) - A North Carolina man will spend a minimum of 50 years in prison after he was convicted of repeatedly raping a toddler.
A jury found 32-year-old Zachary Allen Blankenship guilty of eight sexual offenses with a child, Fox 46 reports.
Prosecutors said Blankenship raped and sexually assaulted a 2-year-old girl on multiple occasions in November of 2013. The 12-member jury deliberated for just two hours before finding Blankenship guilty of rape of a child by an adult offender, three counts of sexual offense with a child by an adult offender, and four counts of indecent liberties with a child.
Blankenship will be released at the age of 82 at the earliest. Upon release, he will have to register as a sex offender, and will be under satellite surveillance for the rest of his life.
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