CROWN POINT | Separate juries twice acquitted a Gary man of rape charges.
But conviction on remaining charges netted the man a four-year sentence Friday.
While jurors found 42-year-old Ronald Thompson not guilty of rape in June, Thompson was convicted of criminal confinement, sexual battery and battery for an assault on Thompson's ex-girlfriend last year.
Thompson had been accused of beating and raping the woman after becoming enraged during an argument with the woman.
Thompson was retried on the rape charge in August, leading to a second acquittal.
On Friday, defense attorney Matthew Fech cited the consistent decision by the two juries on the rape charge in arguing for less than the maximum 16-year sentence sought by deputy prosecuting attorney Reginald Marcus.
Marcus noted the "vicious nature" of the assault as well as a pending rape charge against Thompson, who is accused of assaulting a woman to whom he offered a ride from the train station.
Marcus had sought eight-year terms each on the two felony convictions, but Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell opted for four years each to be served concurrently.
Thompson next goes to trial Nov. 18.