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Jefferson City Man Found Guilty

An Osage County jury finds a Jefferson City man guilty of sexual assault and kidnapping.

21-year-old Clifton Sparkling was convicted today in Cole County Circuit Court. The jury was brought in specifically to hear the case.

Prosecutors say Sparkling and a co-defendant kidnapped a woman in June of 2010 and took her to an abandoned apartment on Capitol Avenue. The men raped her and held her at knife point for several hours. The co-defendant, Gregory Vowels, pleaded guilty to the crime last year and is currently serving an 18-year prison term.

Sparkling will stay in custody until his sentencing in February.

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