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An Alabama father was sentenced to 40 years in prison in Cullman County on Monday. He was charged with the killing of 59-year-old Raymond Earl Brooks in 2014 after Brooks molested his daughter.

Jay Maynor, 43, accepted the lengthy prison sentence in hopes of sparing his daughter from reliving the abuse in a lengthy trial.

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Julia Maynor, who is now a mother of three, was sexually assaulted by Brooks from the age of four to nine. Brooks, who was Julia’s adopted maternal grandfather, pleaded guilty to the heinous crime in 2002 and served only 27 months of a five-year sentence and paid restitution.

Jay Maynor wasn’t satisfied with the court hearing in 2002 or Brook’s early release, so when Brooks was freed from prison, he gunned him down in his home in rural Cullman County, north of Birmingham.

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Julia waived her right to anonymity as a victim of sex crimes following her father’s sentencing. She wanted everyone to understand how much her father loved her and that he was just protecting her.

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Understandably, Julia stands by her father and claims the sentence handed down to him is unfair. She explained the horrors she faces every day of her life. She said, “(Brooks) took my innocence away and only served like 18 months, and now I suffer daily from what Raymond did to me.”

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She added,”I’ve tried counseling and that didn’t work and it’s still here today. I relive it every day. I struggle to get out of bed in the morning.”

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His daughter said that she suffered daily from memories of the abuse. “I’m going through hell,” she said. “I can still remember his smell, which is awful to me.” She explained the lasting effects the sexual assault has on her and her family. “Me and my husband are now going through a divorce because of it. I have completely pushed him out of my life.”

“Basically he took it so that I didn’t have to relive the molestation and also be on the stand in front of a bunch of people talking about and bringing back memories of the molestation,” she told AL.com. “My father was protecting me, like a father should do. He is an amazing father—actually the best. He loves us so much.

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