An Alabama woman was sentenced to 219 years in prison – and a judge told her she deserved even more time than that – for her role in molesting and abusing children as part of an incestuous sex ring that spanned years and involved 10 other family members.
Wendy Holland, 35, reportedly showed no emotion as the judge handed down her sentence and told her that she had to serve at least 50 years in prison before she was even considered for parole, reports CBS News. She will serve time for sodomy, sexual abuse, and other charges – after it took jurors just two hours last month to find her guilty of these crimes.
In total, 11 people were charged with incestuous sex crimes after one of the suspected victims, 19-year-old Brittney Wood, disappeared in 2012. Police were never able to locate Wood and she is presumed dead.
William Brownlee, a second person connected to the crime, was sentenced to the maximum penalty of 20 years in prison after he was convicted of sodomy and sexual abuse this past fall. Both he and Holland could receive more time when they are tried for additional charges involving other alleged victims.
Police say Brownlee, Holland and nine others passed their own children around to be used for sex. One underage female victim came forward and provided a statement to police in which she said she was “a little girl being held down and raped,” reports the Daily Mail. She also stated in the letter that she now has a difficult time trusting anyone, gets angry easily, and rarely feels safe.
The leader of the ring was allegedly Donnie Holland – Wendy’s husband – who reportedly committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. He was also Wood’s uncle and he and his wife have a 22-year-old son, Donald Paul Holland Jr. – who police say participated in the sex ring. He has been charged with incest, rape, and sexual abuse and is being handled as a youth offender.
Before Holland Brownlee were convicted, two of Wood’s uncles and her older brother reportedly pleaded guilty to sex charges.
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