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Former Belknap County sheriff's deputy sentenced to 10- to 20-years for rape of prisoner

LACONIA — A former Belknap County sheriff's deputy has been sentenced to 10- to 20-years in prison for raping a female prisoner.

Ernest Justin Blanchette, 36, was found guilty in April of raping an inmate that he was responsible for transporting.

Graphic details emerge in 1st trial of ex-Belknap County official accused of raping inmates

Earlier this week, Blanchette's attorney, Brad Davis, asked Judge Gillian L. Abramson to overrule the jury's verdict. That request was denied.

Blanchette also will have to register as a sex offender.

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