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Incest Mother Sentenced To 219 Years in Prison For Her Role In Child Family Sex Ring

January 16, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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An Alabama woman involved in an incest family sex scandal, which included the sexual molestation of young children by the adults, has been sentenced to 219 years in prison.

Wendy Holland, 35, was stoned faced as the judge sentenced her on Thursday to what is paramount to a life sentence. She must serve at least 50 years in prison before parole consideration, a prosecutor said.

She was convicted by a Jury of sodomy, sexual abuse and other charges last month.

Another defendant, William Brownlee 50, was convicted of sodomy and sexual abuse in the fall.

Both defendants were among 11 people charged with sex crimes following the disappearance in 2012 of a suspected victim of the ring, 19-year-old Brittney Wood. She remains missing and is presumed dead.

Baldwin Council Circuit Judge Jody Bishop sentenced both Holland and Brownlee to the maximum sentence and said each deserved more time. Both must still face additional charges involving other alleged victims.

The underage female victim in both cases read a statement in court, saying: Years of abuse left her traumatized. She has a hard time trusting anyone, gets angry easily and rarely feels safe.

‘I was a little girl being held down and raped,’ wrote the victim, who was in court.
Authorities said the two were part of a group of relatives and friends who sexually abused children and swapped their own kids for sex for years.

Holland is the wife of the man believed to be alleged leader of the group, Donnie Holland, who is believed to have committed suicide was uncle to Brittney Wood.
The teen disappeared around the time Holland was found with a gunshot to the head; which was later ruled a suicide.

The Holland’s 22-year-old son Donald Paul Holland Jr. who was charged with incest, rape and sexual abuse as another alleged participant in the ring, appeared before the judge in a closed hearing after his mother’s sentencing.

The details of his case has not been made public because he was handled as youthful offender following a request by the defense.

Although Brittney Wood could not testify, two of her uncles and an older brother already pleaded guilty to sex charges before juries convicted Wendy Holland and Brownlee.

In the letter read in court, the underage teen abused by both Holland, a relative, and Brownlee, a family friend, compared her youth to being lost in a maze.

Somberly, the girl described her ordeal saying she “felt like she was constantly looking into shadows around corners in fear of more sexual torture.”
‘The people who were supposed to protect me were the ones hurting me,’ she wrote in the letter.

The teen testified to being part of a family sex ring and told jurors Tuesday that she was first molested while still in diapers.

The young woman, who is still a minor, said her earliest memories include having sex with adult relatives — one of whom was Holland. Despite that, the teen tearfully said she still loves Holland ‘with all my heart.’

The state rested its case following a session during which the teen testified that her relatives often had group sex. She said it sometimes including Holland’s missing 19-year-old niece Brittney Wood.

‘We would be in a circle and we’d all switch up,’ the girl testified.

Prosecutor Teresa Heinz asked how often such things occurred.

‘It happened a bunch,’ she said. A male relative who pleaded guilty later testified he once had six-way sex with a group of relatives that included the girl and Holland.

Crying, the teen had to stand up to see over the judge’s desk to identify Holland as one of the people who abused her.

The jury took just two hours to convict Holland.

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