JOSEPH LAVIGNE CASE West Virginia Supreme Court To Hear Prosecution's Appeal Of Reversal
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 30, 2012 10:06 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 30, 2012 10:12 AM EDT
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The prosecution's appeal of the reversal a 1996 sexual assault conviction in Putnam County will be heard by the West Virginia Supreme Court.
The court has scheduled oral arguments in October, according to published newspaper reports. Putnam County Prosecutor Mark Sorsaia is appealing then-Circuit Judge O.C. Spaulding's 2011 decision that vacated Joseph H. Lavigne's conviction and granted him a new trial.
A jury convicted Lavigne on charges of sexually assaulting his 5-year-old daughter. He was sentenced to up to 50 years in prison. He was released from prison in May 2011 on $150,000 bond.
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