A Tulsa County jury this week recommended three life sentences for an Owasso man convicted of sexually abusing a young girl over a two-year period.

Chester Earl-McKinnly Browning, 37, had been convicted of three counts of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12. After about a 40-minute deliberation Thursday, jurors recommended a life sentence for each count.

A judge will determine whether those sentences will run consecutively or concurrently at a Nov. 19 hearing.

Stephanie Jacoby, the assistant Tulsa County district attorney who prosecuted the case, said she, the victim and the victim’s family were relieved to hear the jury’s decision.

“They wanted to make sure (Browning) never got out,” Jacoby said.

Court documents state that Browning sexually abused the girl, who was 7 when the abuse began, from July 2014 until at least July 2016.

The victim’s mother and grandmother were in the courtroom for the verdict, which was a “long time coming,” Jacoby said.

“She finally felt like, ‘Somebody believed me,’ ” Jacoby said.

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