BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – On Wednesday, a Chico gentleman was sentenced in Butte County Outstanding Court to 150 decades to daily life in jail, with an added 244 a long time for the aggravated sexual abuse that he dedicated versus a younger female who was in his custody between the ages of 12 to 17, in accordance to District Lawyer Michael Ramsey.
In May 2021, a jury discovered William David Lawson, Jr., 45, of Chico, responsible on all 15 counts and seven particular allegations of sexual abuse billed against him.
The trial decide also uncovered genuine a particular allegation that Lawson experienced earlier experienced a “strike” conviction for a residential burglary he committed in 2000, which served to double his sentence in the scenario, Ramsey claimed.
Butte County Superior Court Decide Jesus A. Rodriguez imposed the highest sentence underneath the regulation, noting that Lawson’s actions ended up callous and calculated and took advantage of a susceptible female “who reliable him like a father.”
Just after the sentence was supplied, the choose turned to a movement filed by the prosecutor, Butte County Supervising District Attorney, Leah Sears, inquiring that Lawson be requested to pay emotional abuse damages of $300,000 to the young target.
The prosecutor reported the dollars would aid spend for daily life-prolonged counseling for the sufferer.
As the judge commenced to rule on the movement, Lawson began to scream racial epithets and profanities at the decide, prosecutor, and victim in the courtroom, Ramsey claimed.
Lawson was taken out of the court by bailiffs.
The judge then agreed with the prosecutor that Lawson had voluntarily absented himself from the court, and his response to the People’s movement for damages, was the epithets and profanities he screamed out, Ramsey claimed.
The court awarded the requested damages to the sufferer, declaring she had been matter to abuse and fears that “no child should have to endure at an age when she really should have been cost-free to ponder innocent and joyful choices in daily life.”
Ramsey famous that legislation handed very last yr by the point out legislature would qualify Lawson to look for parole just after only twenty years of custody.
“The state’s new ‘Elder Parole program’ lets prisoners sentenced to lifetime, irrespective of the statutory minimum of that everyday living sentence, to seek out parole after only twenty many years of custody after they access 50 decades of age,” Ramsey stated.