TALLAPOOSA CO., AL (WSFA) -
Prosecutors say they got justice for two children who were sexually abused by an Alexander City man for years.
Henry L. Williams, 42, was sentenced Tuesday morning in Tallapoosa County Circuit Court by Judge Tom Young to 45 years for sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and 60 years for sodomy, for a total of more than 100 years behind bars.
"Those sentences run consecutively which means you have to finish one before the other. They do not run concurrently like most sentences do," explained District Attorney Jeremy Duerr, who represents Alabama's 5th Judicial Circuit, serving Macon, Randolph and Tallapoosa Counties.
In 2013, the victims, two young family members under the age of 12, brought forth allegations of abuse by Williams.
"They said it had been going on for several years," Duerr said.
An investigation was launched and forensic interviews were conducted with both girls, leading to Williams being arrested and charged with crimes stemming from the abuse of the children.
During the trial, which started on April 3, the jury found him guilty of sodomy and sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.
He has three prior felony convictions, according to the district attorney, so the state sought the maximum sentence of life in prison at his sentencing hearing on Tuesday.
"I feel that these victims are going to have to deal with this for the rest of their lives so, in essence, they have a life sentence of their own and I wanted him to have one himself," Duerr said. "But since he is 42 years old and his sentences add up to a total of 105 years, I think he will spend the rest of his natural life behind bars so he won't be able to harm any more children in our area."
At the time of the ongoing abuse, the victims were living with Williams and his mother. The sexual assaults happened at the family's home in Alexander City, prosecutors say.
Both victims testified at the trial, going into graphic detail about what Williams did to them, but they were not present for the sentencing. Officials say they are in the custody of a family member out of state. They wrote letters to the court, which the district attorney read during Tuesday's proceedings.
"I know how much he impacted their lives and took their innocence from them with what he did so I hope this sentencing sends a message that we're not going to stand for this," Duerr added.
Alex City man gets 105 years for sex abuse of young girls April 25th 2017 April 26th 2017 Lindsey Rogers