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Woman to spend life in prison for raping young girl for several years

COVINGTON, LA. (WGNO) — A woman will spend the rest of her life in prison after being convicted of repeatedly raping a young girl over nearly six years.

Sandra E. Gaines has been convicted of repeatedly raping a child. (CNN via WGNO)

On March 28, a St. Tammany Parish jury found 39-year-old Sandra E. Gaines guilty of two counts of aggravated rape and three counts of sexual battery, for repeatedly raping a child under age 13 with another adult over several years.

The child, now 18, told the jury that she was 5 years old when Gaines, along with her longtime boyfriend, began touching her sexually.

The victim said the couple continued to abuse her through 2012.

Gaines faces mandatory life in prison when she is sentenced on April 10.

The boyfriend, Robert Cardell Flowers, was convicted by a St. Tammany Parish jury on the same charges in June 2015, and was sentenced to life in prison.

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