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DECATUR — A jury found Undra L. Ingram guilty Friday on all nine charges that he sexually abused a girl for five years until she turned 15, and he now faces up to 120 years in prison when he is sentenced.

The trial began Wednesday in Macon County Circuit Court. Ingram, 42, of Decatur had pleaded not guilty to four Class X felony counts of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child younger than 13, two counts of criminal sexual assault of a child and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

After several hours of deliberation Friday, the jury informed Judge Phoebe Bowers that Ingram was found guilty of all nine counts. Bowers revoked Ingram's bond and returned him to the custody of the Macon County Sheriff's Office. 

Defense attorney Karen Root requested six weeks before Ingram's sentencing hearing, and Bowers scheduled the hearing for June 7.

Macon County Assistant State's Attorney Kate Kurtz told the jury during opening statements that the abuse began with shared bubble baths when the girl was in third grade. By the fifth grade, the girl was performing sex acts for Ingram and being raped, Kurtz said.

Kurtz said the girl came forward in December 2014 after years of abuse, during which Ingram used a combination of threats and the girl’s affection for him to make sure the crimes stayed “their secret.”

Root told the jury that there was no proof or physical evidence to verify the girl’s accounts.

She said the girl wanted to go live with a relative in Florida and was looking for a way out of the life she had in Decatur. She said the girl was not a reliable witness.


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