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Jury convicts Ala. woman of raping boy

RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A 24-year-old Franklin County woman has been convicted of raping a 13-year-old boy.

A jury of six men and six women deliberated for about an hour on Tuesday before convicting Ashley Turner of second-degree rape.

She faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced next week.

The boy testified that he was in his room watching wrestling when Turner, a family friend, walked in. He said one thing led to another and the two engaged in sex.

Assistant Franklin District Attorney Doug Evans told jurors that under Alabama law, a 13-year-old cannot consent to sex.

Defense attorney Rebecca Green Thomason said the youth was the aggressor.

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