Defendant gets life sentence for molestation

Defendant gets life sentence for molestation

A former Union County man will serve two consecutive life sentences following his conviction today for molesting a 15-year-old girl. William Jacob Nutt, 23, was found guilty of aggravated child molestation and aggravated sexual battery. The jury found him not guilty of a third charge of rape.

After the verdict, Chief Superior Court Judge Paschal A. English admonished Nutt for not taking the trial seriously, as he was seen laughing or smiling at inappropriate times during the trial.

At the time of the incident, Nutt had been staying with relatives who took him in after he was released from prison. He had been serving time for burglary and forgery in the first degree after he was convicted on those charges in Union County in April 2007.

The victim testified Tuesday morning in detail about the incident, court officials said. Also Tuesday the nurse who conducted the rape examination testified that she found three injuries that were consistent with the victim’s statement, officials said.

Nutt’s defense attorney, Kim Cornwell, in her opening statement Monday said that none of her client’s DNA was ultimately found in tests conducted subsequent to the victim’s rape exam. Cornwell said that was notable especially because of the specific accusations the victim made against Jacob Nutt.

The victim’s father testified Monday that Nutt told him after the incident that he “got drunk and horny” though he stopped short of saying that Nutt specifically admitted to the allegations that were lodged by the victim.

Nutt’s uncle, David Nutt, testified that he spoke with his nephew briefly on the phone following the incident and asked why Jacob Nutt was kicked out of the home by the victim’s father.

Jacob Nutt in that conversation “admitted he may have made an advance” toward the victim, David Nutt recalled.

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Not Taking The Trial Seriously?

This dude needs to hit the slam for sure but Judge English's comment about the defendant not taking the trial seriously? I know it may tick a judge off and that's never good but if he has in anyway insinuated that he may have based his harsh sentence on that it may be grounds for an appeal.

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Another poor little felon

None of that is true, YJ. Judge English did not influence the jury in any way, and as long as he is within the sentencing guidelines, he can impose this sentence.

Heaven forbid we hurt this guy's feelings.

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Not Taking The Trail Seriously?

This dude needs to hit the slam for sure but Judge English's comment about the defendant not taking the trail seriously? I know it may tick a judge off and that's never good but if he has in anyway insinuated that he may have based his harsh sentence on that it may be grounds for an appeal.

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A bit much

He sounds like scum, but 2 life terms. That might be just a bit harsh.

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Not That Much

To the felon, what is the difference between one and two life sentences? Just asking.

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Being raped in prison can be fun

At least it can be fun for the rest of us who may or may not read about it. A child molester is a definite target in prison and I would not want to be him. Of course the way I avoid going to prison is that I have never raped 15-year old girls. Doesn't that seem reasonable?
At least he will be there long enough to get raped again and again by guys with tattoos and biceps and when he gets out he will be 70 and angry or 70 and subdued or 70 and dead. Oh, by the way, you don't get video games in big boy prison.
Smirk all you want, loser. See you in ............... well actually you'll never see me or any normal people the rest of your miserable life. I'm sure your parents are really proud of you. But sometimes you just feel like a nut.
Your one hope is to vote for the Democrats, as they like to celebrate losers like you. Maybe you could get an appointment to something in the Obama administration - something like watching out for the kids. Oh wait, I'm sorry, you can't vote either. Sorry. Go back to the rape rooms.

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