NASHUA, N.H. (AP) – A 31-year-old Nashua man convicted of raping a woman in her apartment has been sentenced to prison for a minimum of seven years.

George Brum, 31, convicted in the 2004 assault, contended the sex was consensual, and his lawyer, Michael Bowser, said Brum would appeal the conviction.

Brum chose not speak at the sentencing Thursday because he hopes to win another trial on appeal, Bowser said.

Jurors had deliberated less than one day in convicting Brum of three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault and one felonious sexual assault charge against the 31-year-old woman.

He could have faced a sentence of more than 30 years. Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Gary Hicks sentenced Brum to 10 to 20 years but ruled that the last two years could be suspended if Brum successfully completes anger management, batterer’s and sex offender treatment programs.

Another, consecutive 10- to 20-year sentence will remain suspended for 10 years after Brum completes the first sentence.

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