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Palmdale man sentenced for rape of 10-year-old

April 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Lancaster judge has sentenced a Palmdale man convicted of raping a 10-year-old girl at an Antelope Valley movie theater to 63 years to life in prison.Marque Clark, 35, was convicted of forcible rape, sodomy of a child, and four other charges.

Prosecutors say Clark took the girl by force to the back of an empty movie theater at a mall and attacked her.

Clark was arrested three weeks later.

Deputy District Attorney S. Kelly Cromer, who prosecuted the case, says Clark will not be eligible for parole until he's nearly 89 years old.

Jurors convicted Clark of forcible rape, kidnapping to commit another crime, aggravated sexual assault, sodomy of a person under 14, forcible lewd act on a child, and aggravated sexual assault and the special allegations of aggravated circumstances.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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