Kentucky Woman Found Guilty Again After 2nd Trial

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Kentucky woman found guilty in a second torture-slaying trial, will likely have a lighter sentence than the one she received after her first conviction.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports a jury on Tuesday convicted Vanessa Coleman of facilitation in the 2007 murder of 21-year-old Channon Christian, but found her guilty of lesser charges in connection with the kidnapping and repeated rapes of Christian.

That means Coleman of Lebanon, Kentucky, faces less time than the 53 years in prison she was given after her first trial in 2010.

In that trial, Coleman was acquitted of any crimes committed against Christian's boyfriend, 23-year-old Christopher Newsom, who was also killed.

A retrial was ordered for Coleman and three other defendants, after the trial judge in Knoxville acknowledged drug use during her trial.

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