A judge Tuesday rejected a convicted rapist’s plea for leniency and sentenced him to 70 years in prison.

Earnest Ray Kingery Jr., 34, asked Associate District Judge Mark Dobbins to consider not sending him to prison for the rest of his life and to instead order counseling and treatment.

Dobbins said the time for treatment and counseling has passed for Kingery, and sentenced him in accordance with the jury’s recommendation.

A jury heard testimony July 10-11 and convicted Kingery on a single count of first-degree rape. Dobbins ordered a pre-sentence investigation. Lawrence Langley, Kingery’s attorney, shared the investigative report with Kingery before the sentencing hearing.

Neither side presented any testimony or argument prior to Dobbins’ imposing the sentence. State law requires Kingery to serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before he is eligible for parole.

Kingery was ordered returned to Muskogee County, where he is being held on similar charges. He is appealing the Cherokee County conviction.

The charges were filed after an investigation by Cherokee County Chief Investigator Jason Chennault, as well as other Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies and Broken Arrow authorities.

Kingery has refused to accept blame for the offense and told the probation officer conducting the pre-sentence investigation he didn’t know why his children were doing this to him. He also told the probation officer he believes his parents are working against him.

The pre-sentence investigation indicated probation did not seem to be an option.

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