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Garner man convicted of child rape sentenced to 100 years

Posted March 28, 2013

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— A Garner man convicted of raping a child, whom prosecutors say he used as a sexual servant, was sentenced to at least 100 years in prison Thursday.

Michael Randolph Finch, 51, was found guilty in less than an hour of seven counts of rape of a child and two counts of sexual offense of a child.

Prosecutor Paul Jackson said during closing arguments Thursday that Finch "tore and tore and tore and ripped" the girl's childhood from her over a 9-month period in 2010 and 2011.

Finch confessed to the crime but pleaded not guilty in the case.

In addition to the confession, jurors had to take into consideration several graphic videos and about 100 photos.

Jurors, some who cried during closing arguments, returned its verdict in less than an hour. None of them wanted to talk afterward, saying they wanted to put the trial behind them and forget about it.

Jackson had argued that Finch deserved a life prison sentence without the possibility of parole under a state statute passed by the General Assembly a few years ago that allows for the sentence if a jury finds that there was an aggravating factor in the crime. Man gets 100 years in Johnston County child rape case Man gets 100 years in Johnston County child rape case

The jury decided that the case did involve an aggravating factor – suffering brutal harm beyond what one would expect – but the judge sentenced Finch to a maximum of 123 years in prison.

Jackson said, still, that he was happy with the outcome. 

"He will never be able to serve that, and so he'll never be able to molest, rape or commit a sex offense on a child in our community," he said.

Finch showed little reaction to both the verdict and sentence, writing on a piece of paper the entire time.

The victim's grandmother said she was happy with the outcome although it will never erase the damage caused to her granddaughter.

"There will be no justice ever for my grandchild for what he's done to her," she said. "I pray real hard to get over hating him. It's going to take a while to forgive, because he has no remorse."

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  • eric52272 Apr 5, 3:15 p.m.

    I think his life in prison will be very difficult for him as it should be. Prisoners do often form gangs and protect each other but the child molester is not often included in these gangs or protected. I have watched a few documentaries on this subject and most child molesters are isolated and fear for their life every day. Bank robbers and murderers might team up but they all hate the child molester.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Apr 4, 5:53 p.m.

    NoTimeForStupidity - "Wonder what will happen to him in jail?"

    Probably little to nothing.

    In most prisons, prisoners often bond together by crimes committed in gangs, and protect one another making them as safe as if they were in their mother's arms.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Apr 4, 5:51 p.m.

    "Finch confessed to the crime but pleaded not guilty in the case."

    I don't understand that.

    Praying for the child, and wishing I could have just 5 minutes alone with this man with a rusty knife.

  • Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson Mar 28, 7:39 p.m.

    kbkline, me too! 100 fold!

    Beth

  • NoMoreOfThat Mar 28, 7:37 p.m.

    Wonder what will happen to him in jail?

  • kbkline Mar 28, 7:24 p.m.

    I hope he gets the same treatment every day is alive

  • glarg Mar 28, 7:14 p.m.

    Poor jury to have to sift through this evidence. Thank you for your service to our State.

  • paulej Mar 28, 6:51 p.m.

    If I were on the jury, I don't think it would have taken me an hour, given he confessed to doing it. Why even waste time on a trial? He said, "I did it, but I'm not guilty"??