ST. CLAIR COUNTY, MI -- A 27-year-old man faces multiple charges after authorities claim he sexually abused young children and made por...
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Paedo raped 7-year-old girl for 20 years, convicted of more than 200 sex crimes
A child molester who spent 20 years marking a calendar each time he sexually abused his victim deserves every second of his 1,031- to 2,546-year prison sentence, a state appeals court panel has ruled.
There were nearly 300 entries on Donald Charles Burrell's calendar, Judge Jack A. Panella noted in the Superior Court's opinion.
He agreed with the Bradford County judge who sentenced Burrell that the penalty is just, since Burrell subjected the girl to "a lifetime of torture."
Burrell, now 59, received his sentence after a county jury convicted him of more than 200 sex crimes in 2015.
As county Judge Maureen T. Beirne noted, Towanda police said Burrell began forcing the girl to engage in oral sex when she was 7 and soon afterward started raping her on a regular basis. Also, investigators said Burrell had the girl sign "agreements" allowing him access to her body.
Burrell argued in his failed appeal to the state court that Beirne should not have found him competent to stand trial because he suffers from severe dementia. However, Panella agreed with Beirne that Burrell is a "malingerer" who was faking mental disability.
Panella also rejected Burrell's argument that the search warrant issued in the case was overly broad and that he was subjected to illegal double jeopardy when he was charged in 2014. His double jeopardy claim was based on the fact that child-sex charges filed against him in 2002 were withdrawn when the victim recanted. Police said Burrell then molested her for another dozen years.
Burrell's double jeopardy contention "is wrong as a matter of logic and law" because he was never brought to trial on the 2002 charges, Panella concluded.
He gave no credence either to Burrell's claim that the evidence wasn't sufficient to convict him. That evidence included Burrell's own calendar documenting the abuse, Panella noted.