An Ohio judge has sentenced the final defendant in a child-rape case to life in prison, after saying he had never seen anyone more evil in his 19 years on the bench.
The Daily Mail reports Judge William T. Marshall sentenced 53-year-old Edwina Louis earlier this week to four consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole.
After hearing nearly a week’s worth of testimony, recounting the abuse Louis’ four grandchildren suffered in their Wheelersburg, Ohio, home, a jury took less than six hours to return guilty verdicts on four counts of rape and numerous other charges including child endangerment and kidnapping.
Louis was the third defendant in the case. The Associated Press reported earlier that her 31-year-old daughter, Bobbi Sue Pack, was sentenced last week to 10 years to life in prison as part of a plea agreement in which she pleaded guilty to two counts of rape.
Pack’s boyfriend, Juan Carlos Sanchez, 45, was sentenced to 25 years to life. Sanchez pleaded guilty to two counts of rape and a single charge of child endangerment.
Louis was reportedly offered a similar deal but refused to take it.
Prosecutors said the three adults subjected the children — three girls and one boy, all under the age of 13 — to unimaginable abuse. Two of the girls were raped, authorities said.
The adults were arrested in 2014 after one of the girls sent a message to a teacher at an online school she attended, asking the teacher to contact authorities because she and her siblings were being abused.
“They tied these children up and refused to feed them and when they found out they could get out of the ropes, they changed to chains - dog chains and chained them to the bed,” Assistant Scioto County Prosecutor Pat Apel said during Sanchez’s sentencing hearing, according to the Portsmouth Daily Times.
“In 2014 it was discovered that Sanchez was literally raping both daughters," Apel added.
Louis’ jury heard many of the same allegations.
During her trial Louis took the witness stand in her own defense, according to The Columbus Dispatch, and said her grandchildren were liars.
“Why?” Apel asked her during cross examination. “Why would they lie on you?”
“I wish I knew,” she replied.
The jury apparently didn’t believe her.
Apel said after the grandmother’s sentencing that he was happy with the outcome.
“This woman, who never shed a tear or showed even an ounce of remorse, will never get out of prison,” he said. “That’s the right thing.”