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Man gets life for 1983 rape case

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A Dallas County jury sentenced a man to life in prison for the attempted capital murder of a woman nearly 30 years ago.

It took jurors less than 90 minutes to find Marion Sayles guilty of trying to kill "Mary Smith" in 1983. The same DNA evidence that recently exonerated two other men, implicated him in the crime.

Prosecutors said he and Frederick Anderson ambushed Smith in Uptown Dallas. They beat her, raped her, threw her out of a moving vehicle, shot her and left her for dead.

Smith said when she got a phone call from the District Attorney's Office that they got the right guy this time because of DNA testing, she sobbed for months. The thought of having to re-live the ordeal and facing her attacker in court terrified her.

Smith got up on the stand and cried. She yelled at Sayles and all of the anger, outrage and resentment she's held on to for the past three decades came out.

"How dare you? You tried to destroy my life. By the grace of God, I'm here. You are now serving a life sentence for what you did to me. God bless you," she said.

Sayles, who has past convictions robbery, aggravated robberies, rape and murder, now will be locked up for life without the possibility of parole.

Anderson will stand trial in the case next month.

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