A Colorado family is expressing outrage after two men who – along with several relatives – were convicted of gang-raping a 13-year-old girl were sentenced only to probation.
Tommy Williams, 20, and Clarence Williams, 19, were each sentenced Tuesday to a minimum of 10 years of sex-offender intensive supervised probation, with a maximum of life on probation, KKTV reported.
They’re two of six suspects in the sexual assault of the young teen in December 2016 inside the Stonebrook Terrace apartment complex in Colorado Springs.
The victim’s grandfather was shocked at the sentencing, telling the news station, “There was six of them, and they gang-raped my granddaughter.”
The group of suspects – identified as Jacolby Williams, Tyron Williams, James Williams, and a juvenile, in addition to Tommy and Clarence – were with the girl Dec. 19, 2016, according to The Gazette.
The victim told police she knew one of the six, who invited her into the apartment to play video games. She said she went there with some female friends, but they left when she went to the bathroom.
According to KKTV, arrest records state two of the men pulled the teen from the bathroom and forced her into a bedroom, where the other four suspects were waiting.
The victim’s grandmother said, at a sentencing in February, her granddaughter was passed around the group of men “like a hand on a clock” during the attack. She added in court Tuesday the girl may never be able to have children.
In January 2017, Tyron Williams was also sentenced to 10 years to life of sex-offender intense supervised probation. Before his sentencing, he apologized to the victim and her family, and reportedly said, “If I knew she was underage, it wouldn’t have happened in the first place.”
James Williams was sentenced in August 2016 to five years’ probation; the unidentified juvenile reportedly has an upcoming court date. Jacolby Williams’ trial was scheduled for March 5; it’s unclear what transpired.