PENDLETON - A 20-year-old man convicted of rape and sex abuse charges during a jury trial last week was sentenced to more than eight years in prison Monday.

Colton Lamar Calhoun was convicted by a jury last Thursday of first-degree rape and second- and third-degree sex abuse, which stemmed from an incident with a then-17-year-old girl last summer.

Following sentencing Monday Calhoun was scheduled to stand trail in a rape case involving two 15-year-old girls, but he opted to plead guilty to first-degree rape and second-degree sex abuse regarding those two victims, said Deputy District Attorney Kristi Hagey.

Under the plea agreement with the District Attorney's office, all remaining charges, which included first-degree sodomy, coercion, tampering with a witness, menacing and stalking, were dismissed, Hagey noted.

The sentences in the two cases will run concurrently. Calhoun will spend nearly eight and a half years in prison, Hagey said.

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