CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Kanawha judge sentenced a Clendenin father to 51 to 205 years in prison for sexually assaulting his daughters for years.
Billy Townsend, 41, apologized in court, and his attorney asked for a 25-year sentence.
After listening to one of the victims testify, at times in graphic detail, about the assaults that occurred over her lifetime, Circuit Judge Charles King said he couldn't justify that sentence.
"Since I was a small child, my sister and I went through things no child should have to go through," she said. "I was 6 when he started molesting me."
She said her father was an alcoholic and frequently abusive to her mother also. But he was sober when he sought her out, she said.
The teenager said that in addition to the sexual abuse, Townsend would choke her, punch her in the stomach and threaten to kill her and her mother if she told.
She was 12 when he brutally raped her, she said. The first time was in his truck, but later he began to come to her bedroom at night. He told her he was in love with her.