MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Marshall County man who was found guilty of raping and sodomizing two girls in Feb has been sentenced to 25 years in prison without the possibility of parole.
A judge handed down the sentence for Colton Hall, of Guntersville, Monday morning.
One of the victims was 11 years old and the other was under the age of 16 when the incidents took place.
At the sentencing hearing, Hall’s mother spoke, saying that Hall is loved by his family and people make mistakes. Hall’s attorney asked for the minimum sentence, considering his age and that he took responsibility for his crimes when confronted.
During arguments, the state attorneys said the victims in this case will be forever affected by what Hall did, leading them to ask for the maximum sentence.
Hall declined to speak on his own behalf.
The sentencing was delayed from earlier this month because certain documents were not filed in time.
The two victims were not present for the sentencing.
District Attorney Steve Marshall says this is the end of a long trial that changed those young girls’ lives. “You feel for the children,” Marshall says, “You hopefully know this sends a message to them that the justice system worked on their behalf.”
The sentence is not the maximum amount, but Marshall says the defense is pleased with it.”The nature of this case requires a substantial sentence,” Marshall says, “Anybody who wants to sexually abuse a child, that needs to be a sentence that is not only significant but also sends a message in the community that this is a crime we wouldn’t tolerate.”
Marshall says Hall will not be eligible for parole.