As a somber courtroom looked on at the Stanislaus County Superior Courthouse, Deputy District Attorney Beth O’Hara-Owen read letters from the victim’s mother and aunt.
“My daughter’s innocence was stolen, but at the end of the day, justice prevailed,” the mother wrote to the court. “This will never give me my baby girl back.”
The letter said the victim could take nothing good from her ordeal.
“(The family) will never speak of you again,” the mother wrote. “Your fate should be an eye for an eye.”
The victim’s aunt had strong words for White, who was convicted March 19 of multiple counts of child molestation, including sexual intercourse, oral copulation, sexual penetration with a foreign object and lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 10 years old.
He will be sentenced June 10 at 8:30 a.m. in Stanislaus County Superior Court Department 2.
“You are a sorry excuse for a human. You are a disgrace,” the aunt wrote to the court. “You are a sick man and I hope you never have a chance to do this again.”
She also told the court that the victim was determined to overcome what had happened. Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Linda McFadden said during the trial that the 6-year-old victim had been strong in her testimony.
White could be sentenced to 99 years or life in prison for the acts, which reportedly took place in Patterson between Aug. 1, 2010, and June 11, 2011. White was arraigned in court on June 17, 2011 and was his trial started March 12 before being convicted March 19.
White has already served two prison terms, including one for robbery, which is a strike under California’s Three Strikes Law. Certain violent crimes that are listed in state law carry a strike, and three strikes mean a mandatory life sentence.
McFadden said in court Tuesday she was not inclined to count the multiple counts of molestation as a single strike, as White had requested.
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