December 2, 2010
Every other day or so, Brenda Allmon travels about five minutes from her house to visit the grave of her 8-month-old grandson Isiah Melik Wilson.
On holidays, she leaves flowers or a stuffed animal in memory of the boy who died in May 2009 after he was raped and his skull was fractured.
Next time, she’ll go knowing that the boy’s grandfather, her former husband, Willie B. Allmon, will spend the rest of his life in prison for the crime.
“I’ll be letting him (Isiah) know that Nana is going to get this done because Nana knows the truth,” Brenda Allmon told 4th Judicial District Judge Barney Iuppa at the sentencing hearing Thursday.
“He doesn’t deserve to walk the streets that any other human being can walk,” she told Iuppa. “He is a disgrace to the human race of men.”
Iuppa imposed the mandatory sentence on Allmon, whom a jury convicted of first-degree murder and sex assault on a child on Nov. 10.
“Mr. Allmon violated the trust of family and his community,” the judge said. “He doesn’t respect boundaries either legal, cultural or moral.”
Deputy Public Defender Cindy Jones had asked the judge to impose a minimum sentence on Allmon for the sex assault, noting his 20 years of military service and his poor health.
But Iuppa tagged on another 32 years to life, the maximum, for the sex assault conviction. Iuppa conceded this second sentence would have little effect on Allmon's prison time.
“But I want the community to know that this type of aberrant behavior is totally unacceptable.”
During the trial, prosecutors said Allmon raped and beat the child within an hour after his daughter had left her son with him.
Allmon, a 52-year-old former Army sergeant, said nothing during the hearing. He sat impassive and listened as Isiah’s mother Felicia Allmon angrily disowned her father.
“I hate the fact that I still bear his last name,” she said. “He deserves everything he gets because he took a life from me.”
Brenda Allmon thanked the team of prosecutors who obtained the conviction, but said she felt the justice system failed her when Allmon was first charged with a sex offense against a family member in November 1998. That case resulted in a misdemeanor conviction.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Laurel Huston said she wasn’t familiar with all the facts in the earlier case.
“All we can do is deal with the case in front of us and apologize for what’s been done in the past,” Huston said.
“We believe this defendant deserved the maximum sentence that he received today,” she said.
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