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Anaconda Man to Spend Nearly 25 Years in Prison for Raping Minor

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A former Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Commissioner, who was found guilty last spring of raping a minor, will spend nearly 25 years in the Montana State Prison.

Robert Pierce was sentenced on Tuesday in Anaconda-Deer Lodge County District Court.

Pierce was arrested in August 2012 after a six-month long investigation by the Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation for having sexual encounters with his step-granddaughter.

A jury found Pierce guilty on April 25 of charges of sexual intercourse without consent and sexual assault of a minor.

During Tuesday's sentencing hearing, the victim, who is now 16 years old, made a statement, saying that she will always love Pierce, but will hate him for was he has done to her.

A judge sentenced him to 40 years, with 15 suspended, on the first count of sexual intercourse without consent and 25 years on the second count of sexual assault. The sentences will run concurrently.

Pierce will be eligible for parole in ten years if he completes two phases of a sex offender program, and he will be listed as a Tier 1 Sex Offender.

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