A Metairie man who was convicted of raping a young boy was sentenced Monday to life in prison, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said.
Charles Turner, 38, was convicted of aggravated rape of a juvenile on Nov. 8.
Turner abused the boy over a two-year period beginning in 2013, when the child was 8, according to prosecutors. The boy's mother took him to Children's Hospital after he told her about the abuse in August 2015.
The victim did not attend the sentencing hearing but wrote a letter to Turner that was read aloud in court.
“My life sentence ends today as yours begins,” he wrote, according to Connick's office.
The boy told authorities that he was sexually and physically abused and that he thought he was being punished for something.
Turner, who has a criminal history of drug, burglary and domestic abuse violations, was arrested in connection with the rape in January 2016. He denied sexually abusing the child.
He didn't testify during his trial, but his attorneys said the child fabricated the rape story because of turmoil in his life.
Turner had gone to trial twice before, but the judge declared mistrials in both cases.
He was represented by the Jefferson Parish Public Defenders Office.
After the guilty verdict, his lawyer filed motions for a new trial and to overturn the jury's verdict.
Judge Conn Regan of the 24th Judicial District Court sentenced Turner to life in prison, the mandatory punishment, after denying those motions.