By: Eran Hami, Joseph Sharpe
SOURCE: Hometown Stations
22-year-old Avery Ward appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court to hear his punishment for his conviction of raping a 9-year-old boy.
He was given life in prison without the possibility of parole. A jury convicted Ward of rape and felonious assault in December. Because of ever-changing laws, the judge also gave Ward eight years in prison for the felonious assault charge.
"It really hurts me because that I should never have did what I did and we wouldn’t be here today," said Ward. "And I really hope in the future… that someday they will forgive me."