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Jacob Jones was convicted by jury for the sexual battery of a child under age 16. He appealed his convictions and sentences for three counts of felony sexual battery, challenging the sufficiency of the evidence presented against him, and arguing the statutory sentencing scheme for felony sexual batters was unconstitutional as applied to him. Finding the evidence sufficient for a reasonable trier of fact to convict, the Georgia Supreme Court affirmed the jury's verdict. With regard to sentencing, the Supreme Court concluded that Jones' concurrent five-year probated, first offender sentences were not grossly disproportionate to the gravity of the offense charged. Therefore, the Court affirmed in all respects.