Vermont's highest court has upheld a conviction against a Newport City man who was found guilty in 2014 of raping a woman while she slept.
The Caledonian Record reports 37-year-old Jason Atherton had appealed his conviction after an Orleans Superior Court judge denied him a new trial and sentenced him to 35 years to life in prison.
Prosecutors said Atherton sexually assaulted the woman in the fall of 2012 after a night of drinking and smoking pot with her and two of her female friends.
Among Atherton's appeal claims was that the seating of two biased jurors deprived him of a fair trial. The jurors had noted on questionnaires that they knew victims of a sexual offense.
The court says they weren't persuaded that the jurors were biased.