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Man found guilty in UMass rape trial

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Emmanuel Bile in Hampshire County Superior Court. Emmanuel Bile in Hampshire County Superior Court.

Emmanuel Bile, one of four defendants accused of gang raping a UMass Amherst student in Oct. 2012, was found guilty of two out of the three counts of aggravated sexual assault he faced.

Bile, 21, of Pittsfield, had his bail revoked and his case was continued until Wednesday at 9:30 a.m., according to Mary Carey, spokesperson for the Hampshire County District Attorney's office.

A jury began deliberations in Hampshire County Superior Court on Friday morning after listening to closing statements from Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Suhl and Bile's defense attorney, David A. Pixley, of Pittsfield. The jury deliberated for five hours on Friday and an additional five hours on Monday before finding a verdict.

“Today's verdict owes to the extreme courage the victim displayed in testifying at trial, and to the thorough investigation conducted by the University of Massachusetts Police Department,” said Suhl. “The Commonwealth is grateful to the jury for their time and attention, and now turns its focus toward the remaining three cases.”

Bile took the stand in his own defense denying that he raped the woman during a three-hour testimony on Thursday.

Three of the defendants, including Bile, say the sex was consensual. The fourth defendant denies having sex with the student.

Bile said the woman was willing and conscious when he and the others had sex with her, but the defendant told a much different story in court during her testimony on Wednesday.

She told members of the jury that Bile and his three friends raped her repeatedly. She said that she was intoxicated and was in and out of consciousness.

Bile testified that he was also drunk at the time.

Bile was the first of four defendants to be tried. His trial began on March 20.

All of the defendants will be tried separately.

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