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Kelly Convicted Of Sex Abuse

After nearly eight hours of deliberation, jurors found Thomas Michael Kelly guilty of sexually abusing a 9-year-old family member Wednesday.

Kelly, 62, was charged with 24 counts of first-degree sexual abuse and sodomy. The 12-person jury unanimously convicted him on all counts.

The verdict followed a week of testimony that included family members, psychiatrists and DNA experts. The victim also took the stand.

Kelly was originally convicted on the charges in 2008 and sentenced to more than 30 years. He was allowed a retrial following an Oregon Supreme Court decision in 2010.

The 12-person jury went into deliberation Tuesday evening and was put up in a hotel overnight.

Circuit Court Judge Cindee Matyas read the jury’s decision for every count. Afterwards, the jury was polled and each juror indicated a guilty vote for each of the 24 counts.

Kelly was placed into handcuffs by Clatsop County Sheriff deputies and taken to the Clatsop County Jail.

Kelly’s lawyer, Raymond Tindell, asked that he remain out on bail until sentencing, saying that the defendant had shown good behavior as did the family members in the audience.

“I appreciate the family’s demeanor, but I will go ahead and revoke bail,” said Matyas.

Clatsop County District Attorney Joshua Marquis said it took the victim great courage to stand up and testify about the details of the sexual abuse.

“This is a tremendous vindication for the victim and the community,” he said.

“We are very proud of this jury and very thankful,” he said. “They worked very hard.”

Members of Kelly’s family streamed out of the courtroom and consoled each other in the court parking lot after the verdict.

Kelly’s older brother, Sonny, said the family would seek to appeal the conviction.

“We will appeal, that’s the bottom line,” he said. “The family will appeal and we’ll continue to fight for his freedom.”

Marquis said Kelly’s sentence would likely be set for the same 30 years he was originally convicted of. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 14 at the Clatsop County Courthouse.

This story originally appeared in Daily Astorian.

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