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December 10, 2009

Granger sentenced to 60 years in prison

Henryville woman plans to appeal the decision

Sheila Granger, 33, of Henryville and a New Albany hair dresser, was sentenced on Thursday to a total of 60 years in prison for molesting two juvenile boys from August 2007 to August 2008.

Clark County Superior Court No. 1 Judge Vicki Carmichael handed down the verdict on nine felonies — five counts of class A felony child molesting, three counts of class C felony child molesting and one count of class D felony child solicitation. Granger was convicted by a Clark County jury on Nov. 12.

Before Carmichael announced the sentence a tearful Granger read a statement to the court.

She asked for the court to take into account when determining her prison term that she has no previous record of criminal offenses and her exemplary behavior while in custody. When Granger began to speak about her family, she broke down in tears and was unable to continue.

Granger’s attorney, Thomas Hectus, finished reading the prepared statement for his client.

“I wanted to be able to be there for future things such as proms, graduations, weddings, births of my grandchildren and college ... my imprisonment will result in the hardship of many people, my daughters, me an active mother in their lives to be there for them through all of their milestones,” Hectus said for Granger.

The mothers of each of the victims also wished to read statements to the court.

The Evening News has chosen not to use the names of the women even though both mothers were willing to go on the record, by name.

“I trusted you with my children, I trusted you with my family,” the mother of one victim said. “You were my sister, my confidant, my friend ... you betrayed my whole family, not just my son. You are a monster and I will never, ever forgive you for what you’ve done to my son and my family.”

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