Man Lit Up By Circuit JudgeRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Feb 12 2014 9:57 AM
HOUSTON COUNTY: Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Butch Binford showed an extreme amount of patience this morning before he lite up a man convicted of Rape in the first degree of a ten year old child.
The victim read an extremely well written statement to the court about how this event has affected her life.
The defendant's family spoke to the court about how the defendant was not guilty and the victim was a liar.
The prosecutor reminded the court where the defendant said this was a kangaroo court.
After all had their statement, Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Butch Binford handed down the sentence to Donald E. Lacey of Panama City Florida. Lacey was born in 1970.
Judge Binford gave a $ 5,000.00 fine, $ 1,000.00 to victim's compensation and then a 99 year sentence to Lacey. Judge Binford denied bond while Lacey's case is on appeal.
Lacey was arrested on August 12, 2013 for the offense of Rape in the first degree. The arrest was by Investigator Ketchum of Dothan Police Department in conjunction with an Investigator of Orange Beach Alabama Police Department. Lacey was represented by Attorney Laura Wells.
The case went to trial before a Houston County Jury on or about January 16, 2014. The jury convicted Lacey and Judge Binford ordered him taken into custody until sentencing today.
Lacey will remain in custody of the Alabama Department of Corrections. His attorney will file an appeal in the case.