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Four men sentenced to prison in sexual assault case

Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four men have been sentenced to various prison terms for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl at an Anchorage party two years ago.

The sentencing followed the terms of negotiated settlements between state prosecutors and the men's defense attorneys. All four men were convicted of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, and two were convicted of additional charges.

Justin Deveed Williams, 21, was sentenced to three years in prison, and Hershell Ray Shelton II, 22, received 42 months.

Justin William DuFour, 20, was convicted of a gun charge in addition to sex abuse and was sentenced to four years.

Adam Aslan Ramadanovic, 21, was convicted on two sex abuse counts and a third-degree assault conviction for threatening the girl with a handgun and was sentenced to six years in prison.

According to court documents, the men forced the then 14-year-old into a darkened bedroom and made her perform oral sex on them at a June 1999 party at a home in Anchorage's Sand Lake neighborhood. Ramadanovic held a gun in front of her during the abuse, then vaginally raped her while another defendant held her down.

During the sentencing hearing, assistant district attorney Hollis French read a statement written by the victim, who sat quietly in the courtroom with her mother. In the statement, she called the men who abused her ''sick, messed-up people who need serious help'' and asked that they be ''sentenced with no release to prevent them from doing this to anyone, ever again.''

Superior Court Judge Michael L. Wolverton ordered all four men to serve 10 years' probation after their release from prison, with the possibility of applying for release from probation after five years.

He also ordered the men to pay restitution to the victim for the cost of her therapy and two trips she took in 2000 and 2001 to stay with out-of-state relatives to avoid the public attention she faced. Michael Smith, attorney for Shelton, said he would file an objection to the restitution order.



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