Holton residents react to guilty verdict in Jacob Ewing case - KCTV5

Holton residents react to guilty verdict in Jacob Ewing case

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HOLTON, KS (KCTV) -

A small town in Kansas is reacting after a guilty verdict in a controversial case where Jacob Ewing was charged with assaulting five women and a teenager.

Ewing was acquitted in his first trial involving the teenager. However, on Friday, jurors found him guilty. 

The 22-year-old was charged with sexually assaulting two women in 2014 and 2016.

The jury found Ewing guilty of 11 out of 12 charges. Some of the charges include rape, aggravated sodomy, and serving alcohol to minors.

Jurors deliberated for less than four hours.

Holton, Kansas is a tight-knit community and many people know Jacob Ewing and his family.

Despite a guilty verdict inside the courtroom, some still believe he’s innocent.

The case has undeniably divided the small town of 3,300 people.

“It has definitely divided us,” one resident said. “We are definitely for Jacob or for the victims.”

Ewing’s family is well-known and runs a local business. Tight ties to the family made it difficult to find an impartial jury.

Many of Ewing’s cohorts and non-supporters refused to share their opinions on camera in fear of retaliation.

“Some people get away with things,” one resident said. “Some people don’t.”

“I never thought he would be found guilty of something like this,” another said.

“I think there is a lot of forgiving to do,” said Jaime Ludlow, who works across the street from the courthouse. “There’s a lot of wounds to heal.”

The trial hits closer to home for her because she said one of her family members was sexually assaulted in an unrelated case.

Ludlow says there’s a long road of healing for both families. 

Although a jury found Ewing guilty some opinions may never change.

“Even with the conviction today, I do continue to show support to him and his family,” one resident said.

One of the victim’s mothers told reporters that justice was served for her daughter and all the other girls Ewing hurt. 

Ewing will be in court in four weeks to be sentenced. He faces up to 25 years in jail.

He also faces charges in two other sexual assault cases. Those trials are scheduled for later this year.

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