A 36-year-old Stonewall man will be spending the next 25 years behind bars. That's the sentence handed to Jeremy Elkins for molesting a seven-year-old girl.

A Desoto Parish jury convicted him in March. Prosecutors say Elkins had been a family friend and gained access to the child and assaulted her in a vehicle outside his home.

Elkins was arrested in January 2011 after the girl's mother filed a report with the Desoto Sheriff's Office.