Prosecutors say a former Lea County sheriff's deputy faces 18 years in prison after being convicted of a sex crime against a 9-year-old girl.
A verdict issued Friday by a jury in Lovington after six hours of deliberations convicts 62-year-old Danny Surratt of first-degree criminal sexual penetration of a minor.
Along with a prison sentence, Surratt faces lifetime parole with sex offender registration requirements and registration.
Surratt still awaits trial in a case involving a 16-year-old sister of the 9-year-old.
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