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Man sentenced to life for raping 6-year-olds

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Posted at 1:55 PM, Feb 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-20 13:59:04-05

A Cleveland man was sentenced to two consecutive life terms without parole for raping two 6-year-old girls in 2013, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office said. 

According to prosecutors, 42-year-old Kabron Norman, of Cleveland, raped the twin sisters between January and April of 2013. Officials said Norman babysat the twins and their 8-year-old brother often, as they were the children of a family friend. 

The victims reported Norman raped them and forced one of them to perform oral sex. Their brother witnessed this and immediately told their mother. 

The prosecutor's office said a 12-count indictment, which included rape, kidnapping and gross sexual imposition charges, was issued in January 2014. The case went to trial on Nov. 30, 2015. 

The state dismissed two counts, and the jury deliberated on a 10-count indictment and found Norman guilty of all 10 counts. 

Judge Joseph D. Russo sentenced Norman to four discretionary life terms without parole and ordered that two of the terms be served consecutively. 

"Life without parole is a gift, compared to the trauma felt by these two 6-year-old girls and the heartache felt by the jury," said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Ronni Ducoff in a news release. "This jury witnessed one victim demonstrate her jaw being pried open in order to commit a sex act, an image that will forever be embedded in the memory of all who were present in the court room."