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Hours after he sputtered his own accusations at his accuser from the witness stand, a 59-year-old New Orleans landlord was convicted of kidnapping and rape in a case that lay dormant for decades until it was revived by DNA evidence.

The jury of nine women and three men at Criminal District Court found Tyrone Warner guilty of forcing a woman into his car at gunpoint in the Irish Channel in 1990 and raping her.

The jury was out for less than two hours after a prosecutor rebuked Warner in her closing statement for claiming that his victim voluntarily exchanged sex for money.

“It’s horrible. It breaks my heart in a million pieces,” Assistant District Attorney Laura Cannizzaro Rodrigue said. 

The verdict was 10-2 on both counts of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape. Warner, 59, faces a mandatory life term at a Feb. 5 sentencing. Judge Paul Bonin ordered him jailed until then.

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