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Submitted by Meghan Torjussen on Thu, 06/28/2007 - 10:28pm.

The mother of a man just convicted of rape is speaking out. Antonio McAllister's mother gives us another perspective on the guilty verdict. The jury returned the guilty verdict Wednesday but Antonio McAllister's mom maintains his innocence. Jessie Henry says her eldest son is a far different man, than what the prosecution presented at his trial. "He was a person that loved to help people, you know, he would do whatever he could to help anybody," Jessie Henry, McAllister's mom said. McAllister was found guilty Wednesday of raping and beating 78-year-old Dora Corbett in her Pender County home two years ago. "He said he didn't do that. I know he didn't do it before he said he didn't do it," Henry said. Jessie Henry says whoever raped Dora Corbett is still out there. "The way the trial was carried out, I don't believe that it was right because for one thing they had an all white jury. There was only one black male there," Henry said. The prosecution's key evidence was DNA from hairs found in a sock fourteen months after the rape occurred. The defense said it was planted, and Jessie Henry agrees, saying her son was bald at the time of the rape. Henry hopes her son's appeal has a different outcome. "I'm praying and believing in God that he is going to be exonerated," Henry said. McAllister is sentenced to sixty years in prison however his attorney has already filed his appeal.

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