FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - A Lauderdale County woman was sentenced this morning after admitting to a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy.
For more than thirty minutes, witnesses spoke of Dana Allen’s character, and how she has changed since her arrest in January.
They pleaded for Circuit Judge Mike Jones to show compassion toward Allen, asking him to think of her three children before sending Allen to prison.
"There was very compelling evidence on her behalf by her family and friends, who are all good people,” said Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly. “But at the end of the day, I think the gravity of what she did was the over-riding factor for the court to go ahead impose that sentence on her."
Just before her trial began in June, Allen reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.
In exchange for pleading guilty to raping the teen, she would get no more than 3 years in prison.
That's exactly what Judge Jones sentenced Allen to.
"We certainly feel like that is an appropriate sentence under the facts of the case because this was not an isolated incident,” according to Connolly. “There were multiple other children involved. They just all happened to be 16."
Connolly also says this case has rocked the Wilson School community, and he hopes the students and parents involved can now get past it now.
"The fall-out from her behavior has a ripple effect throughout the community, especially in the Wilson School area with children and families and those types of things."
Before she was taken into custody, Judge Jones told Dana Allen that she will have to serve the entire 36 months in a state prison.
Dana Allen was given the opportunity to speak at her sentencing hearing, she apologized to the victim's mother for what she's put the family through.