Jury recommends life in prison for Hopkinsville man convicted of rape

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Courtesy: Kentucky Attorney General’s Office

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WEHT) – Attorney General Andy Beshear said a jury recommended that a Christian County man convicted on three counts of rape spend the rest of his life in prison.

James T. Hinman II, 39 of Hopkinsville, was convicted on one count of first-degree rape with serious physical injury and two counts of first-degree rape.

The jury recommended he be sentenced to life in prison for the first charge and 20 years for each of the first-degree rape charges.

The jury recommended the sentences run consecutively.

Hinman has been in custody since March 2013.

He was originally convicted in 2014 on one count of first-degree rape.

That conviction was overturned on appeal.

Hinman was indicted on three counts of first-degree rape in 2017 by the former commonwealth’s attorney for Christian County, but the current commonwealth’s attorney for the county requested a special prosecutor from the attorney general’s office due to a conflict of interest.

The prosecution was handled by Barbara Whaley of Beshear’s office.

“I am thankful for the assistance of our law enforcement partners in Christian County and proud of Barbara Whaley for securing justice for the victim in this case,” Beshear said. “Fighting for justice for every victim of sexual assault is a top priority for my office and our team.”

Hinman’s formal sentencing is scheduled for November 6.

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(This story was originally published on August 1, 2019)

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