A Richmond man who could have faced life in prison is likely to be sentenced to 13 years as part of a possible plea agreement.

Nathan Octavia Jones, 47, of Richmond was indicted in January on charges that he committed first-degree sodomy, child younger than 12 years old, a Class A felony, and first-degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony.

According to the indictment, the alleged incidents of sodomy and abuse took place between Nov. 27 and Nov. 30, 2009, and involved a 7-year-old child.

He was scheduled to stand trial Monday, but he accepted the plea agreement late last week.

Under the agreement, Jones likely will plead guilty to first-degree sodomy, child younger than 12 years old, but that charge will be muted to a Class B felony. He also likely will plead guilty to first-degree sexual abuse.

Officials with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office said they will recommend that Jones be sentenced to five years on the sexual abuse charge and 13 years on the sodomy charge, for a total of 13 years.

Under state law, anyone who pleads guilty to first-degree sodomy or first-degree rape must serve at least 85 percent of their sentence, because both of these are considered violent crimes.

This means Jones could spend 11 years and five months in prison before he is eligible for parole.

At date at which Jones will enter his guilty plea had not been set as of 5 p.m. Monday.

Emily Burton may be reached at eburton@ richmondregister.com or at 624-6694. Follow Emily on Twitter at RR_ EBurton@twitter.com.

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