INDEPENDENCE — A Galax man was convicted last week in Grayson County Circuit Court of two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
A jury of eight women and four men deliberated about three hours last Thursday before finding Fred Sweet Jr., 67, guilty of both charges.
The jury recommended a sentence of five years in prison and a $20,000 fine on one charge and seven years in prison and a $30,000 fine on the second charge.
The alleged offenses occurred April 21, 2007, and involved a girl who was age 5 at the time. A grand jury indicted Sweet in April 2008.