State District Judge Bruce Bennett gave 44- year-old Sedrick Hills the choice– if the victim consented– to pay up to go out early. Speaking at Hills’ Thursday sentencing hearing, Bennett described the rape as reprehensible and ordered him to serve 12 years in prison, apparently making the weird financial offer afterward.
” This will not be considered to be an extortionary offer,” Bennett stated, according to The Advocate
Bruce Bennett, who retired in 2015 but is filling in for a 19 th Judicial District Court judge who retired earlier this year, reportedly provided a founded guilty rapist a decreased sentence if he paid his victim $150,00 0.
The victim, a 31- year-old woman who was 15 when she was raped in 2003, declined the deal. She told the news outlet she doesn’t believe ” cash is going to provide any restitution for what [Hills has] done.”
” This entire experience has been like a movie, but a bad movie, a scary movie,” the victim said before the sentencing. ” I’ve been battling this over half my life. I’m exhausted. I’m mad. Stuff like this degrades a person. It deteriorates who I am. I’m still trying to find out who I am.”
The female said due to the fact that of the rape, Hills took a minimum of 16 years of her life from her, and asked the judge to take the exact same from him.
Hills was apparently charged in 2014 after DNA evidence linked him to the criminal offense, and discovered guilty in August 2018 of forcible rape and another sexual assault-related charge.
Bennet had actually retired from the bench in 2015 however was back in his robe while he substituted a 19 th Judicial District court judge, who retired early.