A western Michigan man accused of raping a teenager and killing her after he was released on bond has been sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for the sexual assaults, though he still faces a murder trial .

Forty-three-year-old Quinn James of Wyoming, Michigan, declined to address the court before being sentenced Monday to between 20 and 30 years in prison. Jurors convicted him in October of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, photo, Fatmata Corneh, the mother of Mujey Dumbuya, collapses outside the courtroom while sobbing next to her sister Najah Konneh after the sentencing of Quinn James at the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Mich. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)
In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, photo, Fatmata Corneh, the mother of Mujey Dumbuya, collapses outside the courtroom while sobbing next to her sister Najah Konneh after the sentencing of Quinn James at the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Mich. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

Investigators say Mujey Dumbuya was 15 when James sexually assaulted her during the summer of 2017.

In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, photo Fatmata Corneh, left, front, the mother of Mujey Dumbuya, hugs her sisters, Jainya Sannoh, Najah Konneh, and aunt Lilah Taylor while visiting Mujey's gravestone at Pine Hill Cemetery in Kentwood, Mich., after the sentencing Quinn James in Grand Rapids, Mich. James, of Wyoming, Mich., who was accused of raping Dumbaya in 2017, when she was 15, and later killing her after he was released on bond was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for the sexual assaults, though he still faces a murder trial.
In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, photo Fatmata Corneh, left, front, the mother of Mujey Dumbuya, hugs her sisters, Jainya Sannoh, Najah Konneh, and aunt Lilah Taylor while visiting Mujey’s gravestone at Pine Hill Cemetery in Kentwood, Mich., after the sentencing Quinn James in Grand Rapids, Mich. James, of Wyoming, Mich., who was accused of raping Dumbaya in 2017, when she was 15, and later killing her after he was released on bond was sentenced to at least 20 years in prison for the sexual assaults, though he still faces a murder trial.

In January, her partially clothed and strangled body was found in Kalamazoo, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southeast of her Grand Rapids-area home. James was later charged with first-degree murder .

In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, photo, Jainya Sannoh, the aunt of Mujey Dumbuya, wears a necklace with Mujey's photo at the courthouse in Grand Rapids, Mich at the sentencing for Quinn James. (Cory Morse/MLive.com/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)
In this Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, photo, Jainya Sannoh, the aunt of Mujey Dumbuya, wears a necklace with Mujey’s photo at the courthouse in Grand Rapids, Mich at the sentencing for Quinn James. (Cory Morse/MLive.com/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

Jurors hearing the sexual assault case were told only that Mujey was dead, not that James is charged in her death.

Source: The Associated Press

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