A man in Alabama was recently sentenced to 615 years in prison for committing sexual abuse against five underage girls.
The accused defendant, the 35-year-old Raven Smith, sexually abused the victims systematically over a period of time spanning multiple years, and all the girls involved were between the ages of 12 and 16 when preyed upon.
The uncommonly strict sentence was produced under the watchful eye of Houston County Circuit Judge Todd Derrick, and was proclaimed by District Attorney J.T. Jones, who reportedly became visibly emotional and even teared up during the heated verdict, remarking, ‘When you deal with cases that involve children, particularly young children, it’s going to hit your heartstrings every time, and you feel the pain they go through.’
Both were influenced, as they acknowledged, by one of victims’ mother’s powerful plea to impose the most stringent punishment feasible on Smith during the final phases of the prosecution process earlier this week
Speaking to media outlets subsequent to the ruling under the garb of anonymity, the mother stated, ‘I can’t believe what I said meant that much to a judge to punish this man the way I wanted him to be.’
All five victims in question were present within the court’s confines during the final stages of the said lawsuit, and Smith, on the day of the ruling, was even made to personally apologize to the girls.
The verdict also marks yet another instance of multiple life sentences being handed to sexual predators during a time when the practice of handing out centuries-worth of prison stays is re-emerging in the United States law system, with a similar sentence having been given back in July to a man from Indiana who had been punished with more than a 100 years.
Smith was charged on multiple counts of rape, sodomy and molestation.