A man is headed to prison for decades for raping a child.
Keith Smith, of Spruce Street in Williamston, was sentenced Thursday to a minimum of 61 years and a maximum of 76 years behind bars.
A Martin County jury convicted smith on seven counts, including the rape of a 15 year old and other sex-related charges.
The victim was 15 when the abuse started in September 2005. Smith was 42.
The abuse ended more than a year later, in November 2006. The victim reported the crimes to her mother in January 2008.