METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - A Metairie man who was convicted of raping a young boy was sentenced to life in prison Monday.
Charles Turner, 38, was convicted and charged on Nov. 8 for the aggravated rape of a boy who was abused over a two-year period. According to the report, the abuse began in 2013, when he was 8-years-old.
The victim, who is now a teenager, did not attend the sentencing hearing but wrote a letter to Turner that was read aloud in court.
According to the report, the teen expressed forgiveness for Turner, saying, "My life sentence ends today as yours begins."
Turner, who has denied sexually abusing the child, said in court he was "not guilty."
After denying defense motions for a new trial and to overturn the jury's verdict, Judge Conn Regan of the 24th Judicial District Court sentenced Turner to the mandatory punishment.