Ian Watkins Sentenced to 35 Years in Jail
Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:31:52
Former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins has been sentenced to 29 years in jail, with an additional six years added, after pleading guilty to a variety of child sex crimes and offenses. His sentence is 35 years.
The court heart about a conversation he had with a female friend while in Parc Prison in Wales, saying that he planned to issue a statement after the sentencing saying his crimes were "megalolz." Obviously, he has no remorse for his actions.
WalesOnline reported that the defense argued that Watkins was "set up" by fans that bombarded him with sexual attention. That combined with his drug use lead to his perverse actions, which he claims he cannot recall. His co-defendants claimed that they were vulnerable fans taken advantage of by Watkins.
Watkins' lawyer also asked for leniency since he plead guilty and avoided a trial.
The judge told the defendants that they plumbed new depths of depravity and that their actions break new ground.
He also pointed to Watkins' lack of remorse and his comment to a probation officer about not knowing how far he would have gone had he not been arrested. That's a scary thought because one cannot imagine anything lower than attempting to or even THINKING about raping an infant. Disgusting.
Mother A, the mother of the son, has been sentenced to 14 years in jail. Mother B, the mother of the daughter, has been sentenced to 17 years in jail.
Watkins is 36. So he will be going away for a long, long time.
What is your reaction to his punishment? Is this sentence long enough?