Transcript for Owen Labrie Faces Prison Time After Verdict in Prep School Trial
But we begin with the verdict for the former student and elite prep school accused of sexually assaulting a freshman girl. He was breaking down in court when the jury was read. Convicting him on felony and four other misdemeanors. This morning we're hearing reaction from the girl's family following that decision. ABC's gio Benitez has been following this trial from the very beginning. He joins us now from Concord, New Hampshire. Good morning, gio. Reporter: Paula and Tom, good morning to you. At the center of this all, a sordid school tradition and two teenagers whose lives have been forever changed. So say you all members of the jury. All: Yes. Reporter: This morning a mixed verdict leaves both sides with mixed feelings. 19-year-old Owen Labrie breaking down as he's convicted of lesser sex charges with a minor, a 15-year-old girl. But when it came to the most serious felony rape charges -- Not guilty. Reporter: -- An acquittal. Charges that could have put him in prison for 60 years, his accuser now 16 -- I was raped. Reporter: The jury of nine men and three women not entirely buying her story that he had sex with her against her will. Still, the jury also didn't buy Labrie's story that they did not have sex at all. Finding him guilty of three misdemeanor sexual assault charge, child endangerment and guilty of one felony, luring the girl by a computer. His defense attorney disappointed. What does this verdict tell you? That they concluded that these were two teenagers getting together for a consensual encounter. Reporter: This case offering a snapshot of a troubling student tradition at St. Paul's's school called the senior salute. Graduating students using the last few days at the school to spend time with younger students, sometimes intimately. By the defendant's own worders, older students take great pride in taking the virginity of younger students. Reporter: A spokesperson for the girl's family saying the prep school betrayed them. We trusted the school to protect her and it failed us. Reporter: And Labrie could spend up to 11 years behind bars or none at all. That is entirely up to the judge. He'll be sentenced in October. He may have to register as a sex offender for life, Paula. All right, gio, thank you.
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