MARTINSBURG, W.Va.-- A 36-year-old Berkeley County man indicted in February on 191 charges of sexually abusing his minor daughter pleaded guilty in Berkeley County Circuit Court Monday. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gray Silver III told the defendant, whose name is not being published to protect the victim's identity, "this is the most heinous crime against one's own daughter."
Silver said he would not have approved the plea bargain had the victim and her family not wanted it.
"The court understands that the family is seeking finality," he said.
The family agreed to the plea bargain to save the victim from having to testify in a jury trial.
Now 18, she was abused from the time she was 12 until she was 17. The abuse occurred two to three times a month, according to testimony.
The defendant, who will be eligible for parole in 12 1/2 years, showed no emotion and looked away from his daughter and ex-wife as they told of incidents during the five years of abuse. He wore a beard, long ponytail and an orange jail uniform as he entered court with shackled hands and feet.Â