This came across the AP. 2 Sentenced in W.Va. Torture Case
Two women accused of taking part in the torture of a young black woman received the maximum sentences possible Thursday. Karen Burton, 46, and Frankie Brewster, 49, both pleaded guilty last month for their roles in the kidnapping and dayslong assault of Megan Williams last summer. They were among seven white defendants charged in the case.
Burton used racial slurs while she stabbed and assaulted Williams. Logan County Circuit Judge Roger Perry sentenced her to 10 years for violating Williams' civil rights and two sentences of two to 10 years for assault. The sentences will be served consecutively.
Brewster received a 10-to-25-year sentence for second-degree sexual assault. Williams had been forced to perform oral sex on her.
Megan Williams, the victim, wearing dark sunglasses and a large black coat, made no statement, but Carmen Williams, the victim's mother felt the plea bargained sentences were too short.
Williams was held captive for several days last summer at Brewster's trailer in Big Creek. In addition to the beatings and assaults, Williams was forced to eat rat feces and was stabbed. The 21-year-old was rescued by sheriff's deputies on Sept. 8 after they received an anonymous tip.
Two other defendants already have pleaded guilty and been sentenced. Burton's daughter, Alisha, 23, and George Messer, 27, both pleaded guilty in February to kidnapping and assault and received 10-year sentences.
Felony charges including kidnapping and sexual assault are pending against Brewster's son, Bobby, 24, and Danny Combs, 21. A seventh defendant, Karen Burton's son, Linnie Burton Jr., 21, was indicted on a misdemeanor battery charge.