Daily Mail reports:
An Alabama man who murdered his daughter’s sexual abuser has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Jay Maynor, 43, pleaded guilty to shooting and killing 59-year-old Raymond Earl Brooks in June 2014 during a court hearing in Cullman County on Monday.
He took a plea deal in the slaying so his daughter Julia, who Brooks molested from the age of four, wouldn’t have to testify during a trial.
Julia, now a 24-year-old mother of three, was sexually abused several times from when she was a toddler until she was nine.
Brooks, her adopted maternal grandfather, pleaded guilty in 2002 to the crimes and served 27 months of a five-year sentence. He also paid restitution.
Ten years after he was freed, Maynor exacted his revenge and gunned Brooks down.
Brooks adopted Julia’s mother at birth, and the woman knew him as her father until she was 21, five years after Julia was born.
The shooting, Ms Maynor said, was prompted by something she said to her father about the abuse.
On the way to Brooks’ home, Maynor also fired his gun into a convenience store when he spotted a man who had been dating his stepdaughter and allegedly abused her.
The man was able to hide and was unharmed. Ms Maynor’s father was sentenced to 20 years for attempted murder in that particular shooting.
She waived her right to anonymity as a victim of sex crimes following her father’s sentencing.
She told Al.com that her father accepted the sentence so she was spared from having to testify at trial and relive the sexual abuse.
‘My father was protecting me, like a father should do. He is an amazing father – actually the best. He loves us so much,’ she said.
‘I’ve tried counseling and that didn’t work and it’s still here today. I relive it every day. I struggle to get out of bed in the morning,’ she said.
She claims the sentence handed down to her father is unfair.
‘(Brooks) took my innocence away and only served like 18 months, and now I suffer daily from what Raymond did to me,’ she said.
In a separate interview with WVTM13, she said she only vaguely remembers the abuse, but it still has a devastating impact to this day.
‘I can still remember his smell, which is awful to me.
‘I overcame my PTSD, but now I have had to relive it all over again.
‘Me and my husband are now going through a divorce because of it. I have completely pushed him out of my life.
‘I am back in the same mindstate that it is wrong, even though we are married and have three kids, it’s wrong.
‘I keep making him miserable with my miserable life.’