March 30, 2008

Sentencing in Megan Williams' Case


Drumbeats from Sudy and WOC PhD reminded villagers of the sentencing decisions in the rape and torture case of Megan Williams. Prosecutors dismissed charges against several defendants which would have carried with them mandatory life sentences in exchange for guilty pleas. They claim such pleas helped them obtain as much as evidence as they could in a case that many actually started to question on the basis of a prior relationship between Williams and one of her attackers, as well as ensuring all seven people were charged.

The two oldest defendants in the case received maximum sentencing for the crimes in which they were charged. Three others received less and two await trial.

Karen Burton, 46, and Frankie Brewster, 49, both pleaded guilty to the crime last month. Burton received two consecutive 2-10 year sentences for assault and assault during the commission of a felony. Brewster received 10-25 years for second degree sexual assault.

Others involved in the case pleaded guilty and were sentenced earlier this year. Alisha Burton, 23, and George Messer, 27, received 10 years each for kidnapping and assault. Linnie Burton, 21, did not plead guilty but was charged with misdemeanor battery.

The final two defendants are still awaiting trial for felony sexual assault and kidnapping charges. Bobby Brewster, 24, instigated the week long torture by luring his ex-girlfriend across state lines and locking her in his mother, Frankie Brewster’s trailer. Both he and Danny Combs, 21, are accused of repeatedly raping and torturing her along with the aid and abuse of the other defendants. They have both denied “wrongdoing.”

7 comments:

justjudith said...

thanks for the update, villager!

Villager said...

Judith - No problem. It is often difficult to bring closure to some of the issues, posts and events that we share with one another here in the afrosphere. I'm glad that we were able to see these WV a$$holes get put away in jail for a very long time for what they did...

peace, Villager

Miriam said...

Animals! I'm glad its (somewhat) over for Megan.

Anonymous said...

Gibbler Here: Ok you found one example of black on white crime lets see how many more you can find. I acknowledged it.Don't say I'm not fair.


Gibbler

Regina said...

Hey Villager, thanks for the update, I had not heard of any of the outcomes. Thanks for keeping us informed.

Los Angelista said...

Glad to know what's going on. It seems like they should get more time. I wonder how long they'll actually serve before being paroled.

Villager said...

Miriam, Regina and Los Angelista - I'm glad to see that justice was meted out to four of the six criminals in a quick manner. For the two older women ... they will be in jail for most, if not all, of their natural lives. I look to see the final tale on the last two defendants as well...