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Man sentenced to 615 years for sex crimes against children

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Houston County Circuit Judge has sentenced 35 year old Raven Smith for  615 years for raping young children and minor girls for several years. 

Smith raped , sodomized, and sexually abused five minor girls and young children for more than four years.  

After hearing  powerful and emotional plea from a girls’ mother , Judge Todd Derrick announced the maximum sentence. 

Smith accepted his crime and apologized to the victims family members.  

Not just the mother , Assistant Houston County District Attorney J.T. Jones became emotional  shed tears while describing the crimes to Judge Derrick. 

“When you deal with cases that involve children, particularly young children, it’s going to hit your heart strings every time. You get to know them and you feel the pain they go through,”– Jones said. 

The victims mother was extremely happy and thanked the judge for his statement. 

“I can’t believe what I said meant that much to a judge to punish this man the way I wanted him to be (punished).”– a victims mother said. 

Only few families came forward for the proceedings citing their kids future. 

“I don’t want them to be afraid anymore. I want them to know he’s in jail and can’t ever hurt them or anyone else,” she said.

“Because of the way Judge Derrick structured the sentences, it is improbable that Smith will ever be paroled” — she added. 

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