By Lance Mihm - firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Lima News
LIMA — Ronald Payne was sentenced to 30 years in prison on rape and other charges by Judge David Cheney Monday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
Payne, who was facing up to 39.5 years, sat mostly with his fingers intertwined and looking down at the table as prosecutors and defense attorney Gregory Donohue discussed particulars before sentencing.
Payne pleaded guilty Oct. 12 to attempted rape, a second-degree felony; four counts of gross sexual imposition, each a third-degree felony; one count of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony; and 10 counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance, a fifth-degree felony. As part of the plea deal, 47 other counts were dismissed. Of the prison term, 19 years are mandatory. He will also have to register as a tier 3 sexual offender if he is ever released from prison.