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Updated: 04/30/2014 08:00:05AM

Child molester gets life

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PUNTA GORDA — A Port Charlotte man has been sentenced to life in prison for molesting a 5-year-old girl he was baby-sitting in February 2013.

Justo Ortiz Colon, 28, received confirmation of his inevitable fate Monday before 20th Circuit Judge Amy Hawthorne at the Charlotte County Justice Center, and the case was closed Tuesday. Colon was convicted by a jury March 5 of sexual battery on a victim younger than 12 — a capital felony carrying a mandatory punishment of life in prison.

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