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Defendant Convicted of Sexual Assault & Abuse of Elderly Victim

DATE:  December 4, 2017

CASE:  James Harold Garner (Case #15F02008)

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney Tate Davis, Adult Sexual Assault Prosecution Unit

James Harold Garner was convicted by a jury of three counts of rape by force and two counts of forced oral copulation with allegations the crimes were committed against an elderly victim on all counts.  Garner was also convicted of one count of elder abuse.

Garner was the live-in caregiver of the 65-year-old victim, who had survived a stroke and suffered from COPD.  The victim had significant issues with mobility, strength, communication, and memory.  On March 29, 2015, Garner went into the victim’s room where he repeatedly raped and committed other acts of sexual assault against the victim. 

Garner faces a maximum sentence of 45 years in prison.  Sentencing is set for January 12, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 33 before the Honorable Michael Savage.


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