Jury delivers guilty verdict in McLaughlin trial

Donald James McLaughlin was found unanimously guilty by a Jackson County Jury on Friday, January 18, 2019. Booking Photo of Donald McLaughlin Courtesy of the Jackson County Jail.

A Jackson County jury returned with a unanimous guilty verdict on Friday afternoon, January 18th, for the Donald McLaughlin trial.

McLaughlin was convicted of Sodomy in the First Degree, two counts of Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree, three counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, and two counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree, according to a statement released by Terry Smith-Norton, Senior Deputy District Attorney of Jackson County.

This verdict comes after three days of trial.

McLaughlin was indicted on February 15th, 2017 and turned himself in to the Jackson County Jail the following day. According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the investigation began in late-2016 when McLaughlin was arrested and indicted on charges of sexual abuse of a 17-year-old girl. An investigation led to the discovery of additional victims from crimes committed over a period of several years. Some of the victims were minors at the time.

Judge Lorenzo Mejia set a sentencing date for the morning of January 25th.

UPDATE: 01/28/19: An order of postponement was filed on January 25th. McLaughlin's sentencing date has been moved to March 5th, 2019.

UPDATE: 03/05/19: Donald McLaughlin has been sentenced to 200 months in prison, followed by post-prison supervision.

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