A Nebraska man has been sentenced to 100 to 160 years in prison for raping and impregnating his 13-year-old foster child.
Brandon Weathers, 39, who represented himself in court, told jurors he provided the teenage girl with a syringe full of his semen because she wanted to get pregnant, Omaha News reported. Douglas County District Judge Shelly Stratman didn’t believe him.
“I’ve heard a lot of things, working in this building over the years,” Stratman told Weathers during his sentencing on Feb. 17, according to Omaha News. “And that (syringe story), sir, is one of the most ridiculous.
“You are a menace. You are a threat to society. You’re one of the worst I’ve seen.”
The jury learned in December 2015 that Weathers was the first father figure in the teen girl’s life.
The girl, who is now 15 years old, reportedly told her younger sister she wasn’t a virgin anymore at a summer camp. She told her brother she had sex with “Mr. Brandon.” Only two months had passed since she was placed in Weather’s home.
A camp counselor notified Health and Human Services officials, and the girl and her sister were removed from the home. Weathers reportedly remained in contact with the girl, sexually assaulting her several times at his workplace and in his car.
The girl had a miscarriage in October 2014. Fetal tissue proved that Weathers was the father.
Still, Weathers maintained his innocence, saying he only granted the teen’s wish to become pregnant. He said he impregnated her with a syringe.
Even during his sentencing, Weathers said he would be filing a lawsuit against the state and refused to sign a form requiring him to register as a sex offender. He said he was “tired of injustices” and claimed that authorities deleted several text messages that would have exonerated him.
Prosecutor Brenda Beadle, the chief deputy Douglas County attorney, didn’t see it that way.
“He violated this young, vulnerable girl in every way possible,” Beadle said. “He caused her to be moved from foster care to foster care to foster care, which only exacerbated her trust issues and trauma.
“Brandon Weathers would stop at nothing ... until finally, his arrogance and stupidity got him caught.”
Weathers was sentenced to 100 to 160 years in prison for two counts of sexual assault of a child. He won’t be eligible for parole for 65 years, and, absent parole, he can’t be released for 95 years. His wife, LaQuela, filed for divorce from him.
“What he caused this victim and continues to cause her is not even comprehensible,” Beadle said. “Fortunately, she is a very smart, strong, loving girl with a wonderful network of support.”