NC woman convicted of obstruction in husband’s rape case

07/17/2014 12:54 PM

07/17/2014 12:55 PM

A Winston-Salem woman was convicted in Catawba County on Wednesday of interfering in a rape case that sent her husband to prison, prosecutors say.

April Jean Anderson, 36, was found guilty on two counts of obstruction of justice and was sentenced by Judge Linwood Foust to between 12 and 34 months in prison. A Catawba County Superior Court jury deliberated about 2 1/2 hours before returning the verdicts, authorities said.

Prosecutors had accused Anderson of trying to coerce a girl under the age of 12 to change her statement about sexual abuse allegedly committed by the suspect’s husband, Nicky Lee Anderson. The alleged crimes took place in December 2011 and January 2013, prosecutors said.

Nicky Lee Anderson was convicted May 20 on two counts each of rape of a child, first-degree sex offense with a child and indecent liberties with a child. He was sentenced to between 20 years and 29 years in prison.

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