Aug 13, 2013 7:32 PM by Tara Grimes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
GREAT FALLS - Gregg Zindell was sentenced on Tuesday in Great Falls to 30 years in the Montana State Prison, with 10 of those years suspended, after being convicted of sexual intercourse without consent.
The sentence came after the victim and a counselor, who did an evaluation on Zindell, appeared on the stand.
During the victim's statement, Zindell held his head low as she said, "I have a life sentence for what you did to me...you broke something in me that will never heal."
The counselor then took the stand on the defense's side and said tests showed Zindell should be designated as a tier one sex offender, which means he has a low risk of re-offending.
Finally Zindell read a Bible verse, thanked his family for their support, and once again claimed his innocence.
(January 31, 2013) Gregg Zindell has been found guilty of sexual intercourse without consent.
The jury returned the guilty verdict just before 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
The incident took place the night of September 9th, 2011.
The victim took the stand on Tuesday to detail the events of that evening, explaining to the jury she believed she had been drugged, making it difficult to fight off Zindell's alleged sexual advances.
Several witnesses, including Zindell's brother and a nurse who performed the rape examination, were called to testify.
On Wednesday, witnesses including Zindell's brother and former co-workers testified on his behalf.
The prosecution asserted that Zindell's story was inconsistent with what he had told a variety of people closest to him.