Limestone County Judge: Convicted Rapist to be Re-Sentenced

ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – Court documents show a Limestone County judge will re-sentence a man convicted of rape.  Initially, Austin Clem was essentially not going to serve any more time behind bars.

Judge James Woodroof sentenced Clem two weeks ago. Clem was convicted of one count of first-degree rape and two counts of second-degree rape.  The judge split the sentence, requiring Clem to only serve two years in community corrections and three years of supervised probation.

The victim’s family protested, and news of the sentence spread to national groups, who brought pressure on the court.  The Limestone County District Attorney filed a motion asking the judge to stay the case and hold Clem in jail until the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals reviewed the matter.

Tuesday, the judge said Clem would be re-sentenced.  No word yet on the date and time.

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