MOULTON, Ala. (WHNT) - Prosecutors say it was a historic sentence for Lawrence County. Brandon Muston, convicted in June of sodomy and the sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, sentenced to 297 years in prison Thursday afternoon. Muston again told the court he was not guilty and was the victim of revenge.
Assistant District Attorney Bob Lane asked the court to send a clear message to those who would sexually abuse a child in Lawrence County. He said Muston's victim would carry the scars of what he did to her for the rest of her life. Calling Muston a pedophile, he asked Judge Mark Craig to give Muston the maximum sentence allowable.
Muston addressed the court prior to his sentencing reading a prepared statement reaffirming he was innocent, claiming he was convicted on hearsay, that the truth had not been told and that he was the victim of sheer vengeance.
Judge Craig responded by saying he agreed with the state's request to send a message of deterrence and said the state must be vigilant in its protection of the most vulnerable. And with that, he sentenced Muston to three 99-year terms to run consecutively, with no opportunity for parole or probation.
Lane called the sentence both historic and fitting. "It was really a horrible case, what happened to this little girl, and I hope that people know that in Lawrence County we're not going to put up with it and I think the judge sent that message to anybody that's listening what could happen to you if you choose to abuse children in this county."
An appeal will be filed but for now, Muston will remain behind bars. He was convicted in June on two counts of first degree sodomy and one count of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12. His victim used anatomically correct dolls to show investigators what had happened to her.