Man sentenced for raping 5-year-old girl

A 19-year-old Montana man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for raping a 5-year-old girl in Helena.

James Conn of Missoula pleaded guilty to a single count of sexual intercourse without consent.

He was originally charged with three felony counts of sexual intercourse without consent with three girls, ages 3, 5 and 17. He pleaded guilty to one of the charges as part of his plea deal.

Judge Kathy Seeley suspended half of Conn’s 70-year prison sentence.