After being convicted of first degree rape in March, Dianne Kathy Robertson, 56, of Cullman was sentenced to 75 years with the chance of parole on Tuesday in Circuit Court.
Cullman County District Attorney Wilson Blaylock said Robertson’s husband, Ronald Eugene Robertson, 64, was found guilty as an equal accomplice of the same crime in 2011 and sentenced to 99 years. Prosecutors have never publicly disclosed the nature of the victim’s relationship to the Robertsons in an effort to preserve her anonymity.
“I think the proper verdict and sentence was issued by the court,” Blaylock said. “Maybe the victim can get some closure with this sentence and go on and her life knowing that the two convicted will not molest anyone else again. My hat’s off to the investigators-they put together a very good case.”
At Ronald Robertson’s trial, prosecutors demonstrated that he had had access to the victim for much of her childhood, and that she had endured his continued sexual assaults for at least six years.
Blaylock said his understanding that with violent crimes, those convicted have to serve 80 percent of their sentence. Cullman County Sheriff’s investigator led the case.
“It was a long, drawn-out case,” Bray said. “The case had no physical evidence and it was based on testimonial evidence. We are very happy with the conviction and the sentencing.”
Rape in the First Degree is a Class-A felony that carries a sentence of 10-99 years.
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