Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Raping 8-Year-Old Girl

Daniell Lenny Mills was convicted and sentenced to life in prison Friday for repeatedly raping an 8-year-old girl.

Assistant State Attorneys Christa Diviney and Devin Collier took Mills, 35, of Southport, to trial Friday and showed jurors that he anally, vaginally and orally raped the girl between Aug. 23 and Sept. 16. Jurors deliberated for 30 minutes before finding Mills guilty as charged of two counts of sexual battery on a person younger than 12 and two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation.

The sexual battery charges carry a mandatory life sentence and Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet handed down that penalty immediately after the conviction.

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