A man from Mineral Ridge facing 17 counts of rape and eight counts of illegal use of a minor in nudity-oriented materials has decided to plead guilty.

Bernard Weathersbee was sentenced to 29 years behind bars Monday. 

Prosecutors said Weathersbee used force or the threat of force against three young girls to sexually victimize them.

One of the girls was raped from age four to almost 14.

Weathersbee had already got a break when a sex charge in an unrelated case was pleaded down in 2009 and he received probation. 

The judge said the prison sentence has no chance for early release and Weathersbee must register as a sex offender for life.