JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A statutory rape trial continued in Jones County Friday where a verdict was reached.
It took a Jones County jury about an hour to find Faron Young guilty on both counts of kidnapping and statutory rape of a 14-year old Jones County girl.
Jones County Circuit Court Judge, Dal Williamson, sentenced Young to 30 years, mandatory to serve because Young is considered to be a habitual offender.
The incident occurred in May 2015 when the mother of the adolescent contacted the Jones County Sheriff's Department and told them that she and her daughter had gotten into an argument earlier in the evening, and the girl stormed off and did not return home.
A search began for the girl shortly afterward in the Sandersville area.
About three hours later, the juvenile contacted a family member to come pick her up.
However, investigators found out that the girl had actually contacted Young after the argument with her mother.
Young went to where she was and picked her up without any permission or knowledge of the girl's mother.
Authorities said Young then took the girl to a secluded area of woods and had sex with her, although he claimed that he had told the mother he had no knowledge where the juvenile was and never mentioned the girl's location.
Throughout the evening while deputies were searching for the girl, Young would visit the command center, misleading authorities about the girl's whereabouts. Investigators determined that both the girl and Young had been having sex on multiple occasions.