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Guilty verdict in Pyant's robbery, kidnapping, and sodomy trial

By Elizabeth Gentle - bio | email

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A guilty verdict was issued Thursday in a robbery, kidnapping and sodomy trial in Huntsville. It took the jury about four hours to convict Jacques Pyant on all charges for the string of crimes in 2008.

The jury floor person announced a guilty verdict on each of the seven counts of robbery, five counts of kidnapping and one count of sodomy. Victims quietly sobbed while the defendant said nothing.

After a few short hours of deliberations, Pyant was found guilty on all 13 counts. Pyant showed no emotion.

Robert Payne, Pyant's defense attorney, says he's disappointed in the jury's decision.

"I respect they had a hard case to try a lot of time talking about it attentive through the proceedings. It was a difficult case to try," said Payne. He said this case was based on circumstantial evidence and raw emotion, and that during trial that none of the women saw her assailants full face, only details through the eyes and mouth hole of a ski mask.

Prosecutor Jason Scully-Clemmons argues saying each victims account of what happened was similar in nature.

"While we didn't have in court identification proof by the M-O I feel like justice was done today," said Scully-Clemmons.

Now the victims in this case can put what happened behind them. Pyant will be sentenced at a later date. He faces 2-20 years in prison on each count.

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