On Nov. 16, a West Virginia man convicted of impregnating an 11-year-old girl avoided prison time and was instead sentenced to five years' probation
Michael Joe Adkins will also be supervised for 50 years, mandated to register as a sex offender, forced to undergo therapy and take specialized classes, reports The Herald-Dispatch.
His estranged wife, Amanda Adkins, was also charged with child neglect. She was sentenced to 18 months of probation and 10 years of supervised release, reports the Daily Mail.
Michael's sentencing is the result of a September 2015 Kennedy plea deal to incest with a young girl. The deal convicted Michael without him having to admit guilt or explain his role in the crime.
Cabell County Judge Paul Farrell sentenced Michael after the first judge, Alfred E. Ferguson, refused to grant an earlier plea deal without prison time.
"I'm just going to be blunt: I hope you screw up during those 50 years so I can send you to prison," Farrell told Michael in court. "If you violate any of the terms and conditions in the next 50 years, then the court can send you to prison -- and I'm hoping that's the case, because you should go to prison for what you did."
Michael was accused of raping the child between October 2010 and February 2011 inside his home. The 11-year-old became pregnant and was forced to get an abortion.
Michael and Amanda allegedly tried to cover up the incest, pretending the abortion was a miscarriage.
Amanda said she made the victim undergo a dilation and curettage procedure in March 2011, while hiding the information from authorities.
A family member said the victim, now 18 years old, is still traumatized and lives in fear Michael will come after her again. She said it was insulting Michael asked to be given no prison time and a shorter period of supervision.
"With the traumatic experience she has gone through, the loss she has suffered with her child, she doesn't know the physical or psychological impact it's going to cause the rest of her life in any relationships or having a family of her own," the family member said. "I just pray you take into consideration her feelings and the rest of her life."
News of Michael's sentence outraged many online.
"This is absolutely outrageous!" exclaimed one person in the Daily Mail's comments section. "How can this vile monster rape a young girl and escape jail time?"
"So you can rape a child in W. Virginia and stay out of jail?" commented another. "WTH?! How about the judge sentence him to jail NOW instead of waiting for him to destroy the next child. Incomprehensible and sick . The whole damn state should be ashamed."