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Forum staff reports, Published June 25 2013

Fargo man sentenced in sex assault of teen

FARGO – A Fargo 20-year-old is sentenced to serve three years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl who was passed out from drinking.

Tremaine Quincy Jones, 20, was sentenced Monday in Cass County District Court to serve three years in prison and five years of supervised probation, with credit for 275 days already served in jail.

Along with a half brother, Jermaine Quincy Jones, he was accused of assaulting two 13-year-old girls at a drinking party at their south Fargo apartment last September. Both men told police they believed the girls were much older.

Tremaine Jones pleaded guilty to felony sexual assault charges in the case as part of a plea deal in March.

Judge Wickham Corwin sentenced Jermaine Jones to a five-year sentence earlier this month after Jones was found guilty of Class AA felony gross sexual imposition by a jury. Corwin set aside the state’s mandatory 20-year minimum in that conviction, saying it represented a manifest injustice.

Cass County prosecutor Ryan Younggren said he had requested a three-year sentence for Tremaine Jones because unlike in the case of his half brother, in which a witness heard the victim scream “no,” there was no force alleged.