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Victims will have to wait for closure as alleged sexual predator claims he was forced into a plea deal

Victims will have to wait for closure as alleged sexual predator claims he was forced into a plea deal

(Casper, Wyo.) - This morning, Casper man, William Kenneth Hall was set to be sentenced for his conviction of two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, one count of indecent liberties with a child, and two counts of third degree sexual assault of a minor. Hall plead guilty to the charges in exchange, the state dismissed nine other counts. Just before the sentencing process began, Hall's attorney Robert Oldham reported that Hall had claimed that he had been, "Railroaded by his attorneys and forced into a plea deal with the state," and that he was forced to lie to the Judge. This led to Attorney Oldham filing a verbal motion to withdraw Hall's guilty pleas and put sentencing on hold. The Honorable Judge Sullins commented, "I must admit, I am not very happy about this, but the rules do provide and afford that opportunity to the defendant." He also ordered that the defense provide a written motion in five days. At a sentencing hearing, victims of the crime are able to speak and provide victim impact statements, to have it on record, the court heard the statements of a victim today who had traveled from out of state for the hearing. The woman addressed the courts and stated, "He claims that what happened was consensual, but it was not. He took everything from my life, I have fought like hell to get to where I am today, and I will continue to fight. It is not fair, not fair that I have to live in fear and live with the pain he inflicted on me. I have been a victim of his for far too long, almost sixteen years, and now I want to be a survivor. He is the worst kind of person on Earth, and he does not deserve to live. I would ask the courts to give him the most punishment that they can, so he can live with the fear and pain everyday." Hall could face possible crimes of perjury as well and a sentencing hearing will be held at a later date. #oilcity #news