Ala. Woman sentenced to 219 years in prison in sex ring case

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Ala. Woman sentenced to 219 years in prison in sex ring case
An Alabama woman has been sentenced to more than two centuries of prison time for her role in an a child sex ring.
Wendy Wood Holland, left, is lead out of the court room in handcuffs after she was found guilty on charges of sodomy, sexual abuse, sexual torture and child endangerment at Baldwin County Circuit Court, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Bay Minette, Ala. Holland was convicted on felony charges as member of a family sex ring that abused children for years. She was among 11 people arrested following the disappearance of her 19-year-old niece Brittney Wood in 2012. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Wendy Wood Holland, 35, appears in the Baldwin County Circuit Court Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Bay Minette, Ala. Holland, 35, is charged with sexual abuse, sodomy, sexual torture and child endangerment following the disappearance of her 19-year old neice, Brittney Woods in 2012. Holland is also accused of being part of an incestuous sex ring that provided graphic evidence about horrendous child molestation. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
CORRECTS ID TO BALDWIN COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY TERESA HEINZ - Baldwin County District Attorney Teresa Heinz delivers her closing arguments during the Wendy Wood Holland trial in Baldwin County Circuit Court, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Bay Minette, Ala. Holland is charged with sexual abuse, sodomy, sexual torture and child endangerment following the disappearance of her 19-year old neice, Brittney Woods in 2012. Holland is also accused of being part of an incestuous sex ring that provided graphic evidence about horrendous child molestation.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Wendy Wood Holland, 35, is lead out of the courtroom in hand cuffs after she was found guilty on of sodomy, sexual abuse, sexual torture and child endangerment at Baldwin County Circuit Court, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Bay Minette, Ala. Holland was convicted on felony charges as member of a family sex ring that abused children for years. She was among 11 people arrested following the disappearance of her 19-year-old niece Brittney Wood in 2012. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Wendy Wood Holland, left, is lead out of the courtroom after she was found guilty on of sodomy, sexual abuse, sexual torture and child endangerment at Baldwin County Circuit Court, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Bay Minette, Ala. Holland was convicted on felony charges as member of a family sex ring that abused children for years. She was among 11 people arrested following the disappearance of her 19-year-old niece Brittney Wood in 2012. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Mobile Assistant District Attorney Nicki Patterson delivers her closing statements during the Wendy Wood Holland trial in Baldwin County Circuit Court, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Bay Minette, Ala. Holland is charged with sexual abuse, sodomy, sexual torture and child endangerment following the disappearance of her 19-year old niece, Brittney Woods in 2012. Holland is also accused of being part of an incestuous sex ring that provided graphic evidence about horrendous child molestation. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Wendy Wood Holland, 35, appears in the Baldwin County Circuit Court Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, in Bay Minette, Ala. Holland, 35, is charged with sexual abuse, sodomy, sexual torture and child endangerment following the disappearance of her 19-year old neice, Brittney Woods in 2012. Holland is also accused of being part of an incestuous sex ring that provided graphic evidence about horrendous child molestation. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) -- A judge sentenced an Alabama woman to 219 years in prison Thursday for her role in an incestuous sex ring accused of molesting children for years.

Wendy Holland, 35, showed no emotion as the judge condemned her to what amounts to a life sentence. She must serve at least 50 years in prison before parole consideration, a prosecutor said.

Jurors convicted the woman of sodomy, sexual abuse and other charges last month.

Another defendant, William Brownlee, got a 20-year prison sentence. Brownlee, 50, was convicted of sodomy and sexual abuse in the fall.

The two were among 11 people charged with sex crimes following the disappearance in 2012 of a suspected victim of the ring, 19-year-old Brittney Wood. She remains missing and is presumed dead.

Baldwin Council Circuit Judge Jody Bishop gave both Holland and Brownlee the maximum sentence and said each deserved more time. Each still faces additional charges involving other alleged victims.

In a letter read in court, the underage female victim in both cases said years of abuse left her traumatized. She has a hard time trusting anyone, gets angry easily and rarely feels safe.

"I was a little girl being held down and raped," wrote the victim, who was in court.

Authorities said the two were part of a group of relatives and friends who sexually abused children and swapped their own kids for sex for years.

Holland is the widow of the alleged leader of the group, Donnie Holland, who was Brittney Wood's uncle. The teen went missing around the time Holland was found with a gunshot to the head; his death was later ruled a suicide.

Even without Brittney Wood to testify, two of her uncles and an older brother already pleaded guilty to sex charges before juries convicted Wendy Holland and Brownlee.

In the letter read in court, the underage teen abused by both Holland, a relative, and Brownlee, a family friend, compared her youth to being lost in a maze.

The teen said she felt like she was constantly looking into shadows around corners in fear of more sexual torture.

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