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By WILL BRUMLEVE
PAXTON — A Rantoul man was sentenced week to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to two Class X felonies for repeatedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl over a three-month span.
Carl J. Winebrenner, 38, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual assault on Monday in Ford County Circuit Court and was sentenced by Judge Steve Pacey to 10 years in the Department of Corrections for each count.
Winebrenner must serve one 10-year term and then the second 10-year term and complete at least 85 percent of his sentence, Ford County State’s Attorney Matt Fitton said.
He will receive credit for 117 days served in the Ford County jail, where he remained Friday awaiting transfer to the DOC.
In exchange for his plea, eight counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, also a Class X felony, were dismissed.
Winebrenner, whose last known address was in the 1300 block of Juniper Street in Rantoul, was charged Oct. 4 for committing sexual acts with a girl, now 13, on eight separate occasions between June 1 and Aug. 31.