Crimes of sexual assault and rape against children are especially harrowing and hard to digest in the legal world. And when the followers of a 2016 gang-rape trial were unhappy with the sentencing decision that was made for two fo the six men involved in the crime, death threats began to roll in against the presiding judge.
Colorado Springs Gazette reported that judge Michael McHenry has received threats in the form of voicemails left by outraged citizens.
The threats come after two of the men were not sentenced to prison time, but were instead sentenced to sex offender supervised probation time. The men in question are Clarence Williams, 19, and Tommy Williams, 20.
They were both found guilty of raping the 13-year-old in the home of Jacolby Williams on the night of December 19, 2016 with a group of four other men. Their punishment includes a probation which will last for a minimum of 10 years and can last up to a lifetime, yet does not include jail time.
The distraught family of the 13-year-old victim were left speechless by the decision with the grandmother of the victim reportedly telling Fox News that the 13-year-old may never be able to have children after the accused men passed her around “like a hand on a clock”.
According to the victim she was lured into an apartment by one of the men, whom she knew, when he offered to play video games with her. She entered the apartment with a group of her own female friends. However, while she was in the bathroom, her friends left.
The 13-year-old was then pulled from the bathroom by two men who dragged her into a
bedroom and assaulted her with four other men.
Post-trial, one of the men, Tyron Williams offered an apology to the victim and followed it up, saying “if [he] knew she was underage, it wouldn’t have happened in the first place.”
In a separate trial in 2016 one of the other men involved, James Williams, was already sentenced to five years on probation—again with no jail time. Meanwhile, an unidentified juvenile who was also involved in the case is still awaiting trial.
Jacolby Williams, on the other hand, was the accused ring-leader of the attack. He could be facing the most consequences. Prosecutors accused Jacolby Williams of being the instigator and leader of the attack. According to The Gazette, prosecutor Oliver Robinson stated that the decision to rape the 13-year-old was “Jacolby’s call” and said that “it was his house, his bedroom, his baby’s baby oil that was used,” during his opening statement in his March 5 trial.
The outcome of Jacolby’s trial is yet to be determined, however as tensions build the Sheriff’s department has taken necessary steps to ensure the safety of those involved in the trials thus far.