Plea taken in Danville on July 19.
A Magazine man plead guilty to an amended charge of false imprisonment in a plea deal bringing a conclusion to a case in which he was initially charged with rape and second degree sexual assault.
Hunter Lee Cotton, 20, was sentenced to six years in the agreement, all of which is suspended conditionally upon Cotton’s good behavior and adherence to the terms of the agreement.
The agreement, which was reached by defense attorney Ernie Witt and prosecuting attorney Tyler Barham, was accepted by 15th Judicial District Judge Jerry Don Ramey in Danville on July 19.
The agreement includes payment of a fine of $2,000 and court costs. Cotton must also, according to a sentencing report, submit to a mental health evaluation and comply with any resulting recommendations deriving from the evaluation. He is also ordered to have no contact with the victim or the victim’s family.
The sexual assault charge will not be pursued by the state.
Cotton was accused last July of having forcible sex with a 16-year old girl and had been accused of forcing her into oral sex or requiring her to walk back to town from wooded areas, and that when she chose the later he would take her phone and force her into a pickup and not let her exit the vehicle.
The girl told investigators she and Cotton had been sexually involved since April of 2016, but as few as one in four encounters had been consensual.