A trial that lasted into the wee hours of the weekend ended with a Shreveport man convicted of molesting an underage relative and facing up to close to a century behind bars.

The six-man, six-woman jury took only 15 minutes to convict Allen Richard Roth Jr., 53, on Sunday, July 17, 2016. The trial lasted seven days, with the jury hearing testimony from the victim’s family, law enforcement and the victim herself, now 19. Roth was tried before Caddo District Judge John D. Mosely Jr. He was defended by Bobby Sutton Jr.

Caddo Parish sheriff’s deputies arrested Roth on April 1, 2014, after a report was filed by the victim and her mother. Prosecutors Holly Y. McGinness and Britney A. Green, both assistant district attorneys with the Caddo District Attorney’s office, presented evidence showing that Roth molested the victim, who was related by marriage, numerous times between 2003 and 2010.  The victim was not able to disclose the abuse until March 2014, when she was 17, at which time family members notified authorities.

The jury’s unanimous verdict means that Roth will face at least 25 years and as many as 99 years in prison at hard labor. Judge Mosely will impose Roth’s sentence at a later date, but at least 25 years must be served without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence.