Ala. man to serve 2 years for 1966 rapes


A north Alabama man will serve two years in prison for raping two young girls in 1966.

A judge on Thursday sentenced 61-year-old J.W. Pruitt of Florence in the case that dates back more than four decades.

Pruitt was arrested in January after two women told investigators he sexually assaulted them in 1966 when they were children. The man pleaded guilty to rape days before the start of his trial in November.

Both victims were younger than 12 when they were assaulted. They reported the attacks in October 2007.

In a more recent case, Pruitt pleaded guilty last year to sexually abusing two girls in 2006 or 2007. A plea deal calls for him to go to prison for all the cases at the same time.

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