An Alabama judge suspended the severe sentence of a child rapist this week much to the shock of everyone in the courtroom.
Limestone County’s Judge James Woodroof read the convicted rapist, 25-year-old Austin Clem, his two consecutive 10-year sentences for second-degree rape charges. Then, Woodruff suspended them and gave Clem a sentence of two years “community corrections” and three years probation.
This sentence will keep Clem out of prison.
The 20-year-old victim Courtney Andrews said, “I’m still baffled. I don’t know how any of this is possible.”
Clem raped Andrews repeatedly beginning when she was 13 years old. Clem threatened to kill her if she ever came forward.
“I was hurt for a long time,” Andrews said. “I had to grow up at a very, very young age, and I know what it’s like to have your life threatened and that no one will understand me.”
The judge did not justify his decision to suspend Clem’s sentence and is not speaking to the media at this time.
How do you feel about this sentence? Should this man be allowed to walk the streets?