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(WHAS11) - A former metro police officer accused of raping a woman at gunpoint won't be spending any more time behind bars.
Billy Ray White entered an Alford Plea Thursday morning.
That means he maintains his innocence but admits there's enough evidence for a jury to convict him.
White was convicted in 2006 of raping the woman in front of her then 9-month-old child.
An appeals court threw out that conviction and limited the evidence prosecutors could use in a new trial.
Under terms of the plea deal, White was sentenced to time served and will have to register as a sex offender.
"We looked at all the options, including re-trial and the prospects of this man walking on the streets without a felony on his record was not something she was willing to accept and not something I was willing to accept. We would have re-tried it had this offer would not have gone through,” says prosecutor Jon Heck.
"It was a very difficult case and he determined at this point if he had the opportunity to be released from prison and go on with his life while maintaining his innocence that he would be foolish not to take that," says Steve Schroering, White’s attorney.
White could have faced ten to 20 years in prison if convicted.
He was sentenced to 12 years behind bars at his first trial.
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