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Man convicted of raping Lincoln Co. teen, sentenced to decades in prison





Staff Writer

A convicted killer will now spend more than three decades in prison for raping an Iron Station teen nearly four years ago.

A jury found James Fred Reeves Jr., 39, also of Iron Station, guilty on all four charges filed against him including statutory rape/sex offense, indecent liberties with a child, first-degree burglary and crimes against nature.

Judge Eric Levinson sentenced Reeves to 317 to 390 months for the rape conviction.

In 2010, Reeves broke into the teen’s bedroom by way of a window raped her after forcing her to undress.

The defendant received additional prison time for first-degree burglary and has been ordered to serve a term of 80 to 105 months behind bars upon the expiration of the first sentence.

Levinson consolidated the one count of indecent liberties into the first-degree burglary offense.

The judge additionally suspended the 6-8 month sentence attached to the crimes against nature offense and exchanged it for two years of unsupervised release.

Upon release, Reeves will register 30 years as a sex offender and be placed under satellite-based monitoring for the “remainder of his natural life,” Levinson said.

The defendant will receive credit for jail time he has served while awaiting trial. He has been in custody since May 7, 2010.

The prosecution also requested a permanent no-contact order from the judge, preventing Reeves from having any sort of communication from prison with the now 18-year-old victim.

Neither the teen nor her relatives were in court Friday for the verdict.

Tammy Anderson, the victim’s mother, did give the Times-News her opinion of Reeves’ sentence during a phone conversation Friday afternoon.

“That’s not long enough,” she said.

Upon exiting the courthouse in handcuffs, Reeves continued to defend his claim that the victim liked and wanted him.

He told reporters how she mentioned from the start she was 18, giving him hugs at his residence and flirting with him at times.

The defendant has since appealed the case to the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

Reeves’ prior convictions include second-degree murder, assault by pointing a gun, assault with a deadly weapon, indecent exposure and misdemeanor larceny, prosecutors said.

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