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Oklahoman charged in controversial child rape case dies

Authorities say a man who was convicted of raping a child but received a sentence amounting to one year in jail has died.
Oklahoman Modified: February 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm •  Published: February 7, 2011
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McALESTER (AP) — Authorities say a man who was convicted of raping a child but received a sentence amounting to one year in jail has died.

Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kerns told the McAlester News Capital that David Earls died about 2:30 p.m. Saturday at a McAlester hospital, where he was taken after developing flu-like symptoms.

Earls was expected to face trial on a 2009 grand jury indictment charging him with lewd and indecent acts with a child under 16.

The indictment came after Earls was sentenced to 20 years in prison with the last 19 years suspended in a 2008 child rape case. With time-served Earls was nearing a release date on the one-year sentence when he was indicted.

His attorney, Al Hoch, didn't immediately return a call Monday seeking comment.

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