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MAN GETS 21 YEARS TO LIFE FOR RAPING GIRL GUEST, 10

Still proclaiming his innocence, Paul Landrum was sentenced Wednesday to 21 years to life for raping a 10-year-old girl who was on a sleepover with one of his daughters in his East Amherst Street home.

Erie County Judge Timothy J. Drury, who sentenced Landrum, 31, as a persistent violent felony offender who has served two prison terms for robberies, told him he found it "despicable to take your pleasure on this little girl."

"I can't find it in my heart to apologize for a crime I didn't commit. I feel like a victim here," Landrum told the judge.

The victim's tearful mother told the judge her daughter didn't disclose the rape until one of Landrum's daughters told children at their school about the incident and the girl was taunted by her classmates.

On Sept. 14, a jury found Landrum guilty of first-degree rape.

Mark A. Worrell, Landrum's attorney, said the conviction will be appealed.

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