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Sep 24, 2012 1:30 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Jurors convict man of raping woman at Denver Airport

DENVER (AP) - Jurors convicted a former U.S. Marine embassy guard of sexually assaulting a woman he met at an airport bar in April.

The Denver Post reports jurors Monday found 27-year-old Noel Bertrand guilty of felony sexual assault. The conviction carries a penalty of up to life in prison.

Bertrand's lawyer had argued that that the woman had rough, consensual sex with Bertrand, then regretted it.

The woman testified that after having drinks, the two moved to a concourse at Denver International Airport, where he attacked her after she refused a kiss. She told jurors she didn't scream because she was being choked. Two airline mechanics intervened when they saw her struggling.

Bertrand served on Marine security details at U.S. embassies in Dublin, Ireland; Caracas, Venezuela; and Doha, Qatar.

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