A Leavenworth woman has received a life prison sentence for the 2016 rape of a 16-month-old child.

A Leavenworth woman has received a life prison sentence for the 2016 rape of a 16-month-old child.

Mahogany J. Payne, 41, will have to serve 25 years in prison before she will be eligible for parole.

Payne was convicted in October of one count of rape for sexually abusing a child who had been left in her care. The crime reportedly occurred Jan. 12, 2016, at Payne's residence.

Jurors acquitted Payne of a second rape charge.

The mother of the 16-month-old victim spoke during Friday's sentencing hearing in Leavenworth County District Court.

The mother said she is thankful the victim, who is now 3, will not remember what happened.

"But as her parents, it's a nightmare we will never forget," she said.

Payne received a life sentence as a result of what is known as Jessica's Law, which calls for harsh sentences for people convicted of sex crimes involving children.

"I have seen a lot of a cases, but I can’t think of many worse than this," County Attorney Todd Thompson said in a news release following the hearing.

Payne's attorney, Curtis Holmes, had filed a motion seeking a more lenient sentence for the defendant.

District Judge Gunnar Sundby denied the motion, which the judge said had argued for probation.

When arguing against the defense motion, Assistant County Attorney Katie Devlin noted that Payne had been convicted of child abuse in 1999 in Sedgwick County.

"We're asking that you impose the life sentence in this case," Devlin said to the judge.

When given the opportunity to speak Friday, Payne indicated she did not wish to say anything in addition to the arguments made on her behalf by her attorney.

If Payne is released from prison, she will be subject to lifetime parole with electronic monitoring, Sundby said.

The law also requires that she be a registered offender for the remainder of her life.

Before the start of the sentencing hearing, Sundby said he had requested additional security be on hand, saying there had been earlier issues with disruptions.

A woman who appeared to be a supporter of Payne spoke up during Friday's sentencing. She argued that a family member of the victim was responsible for the crime.

The woman was escorted out of the courtroom by a member of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office.

According to Thompson, another person pleaded no contest Friday to disorderly conduct for making an outburst during an earlier hearing in the case.

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