Man sentenced for raping underage family member

PARAGOULD (KATV) - A Greene County jury has convicted a man of raping and sexually assaulting an underage family member multiple times over a three-year period.

Judge Randy Philhours sentenced 50-year-old Terry Allen Dowdy to two life sentences plus 78 years for the crimes.

"Today's verdict takes a monster out of our community and places him behind bars where he belongs," Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington said.

Several alleged prior victims, including other family members, testified that Dowdy had abused them as well.

Ellington thanked law enforcement officers for their work investigating the case.