Jackson County, Ohio Sheriff Tedd Frazier cheered the 25 years to life sentences handed down to two adults convicted of sexually abusing kids in the county. Frazier commented on social media, “This type of behavior will not be tolerated in Jackson County. We will investigate crimes against children and to the fullest and prosecute predators to the maximum.”
Frazier’s office was first made aware of the disgusting crime back in May of this year. An investigation led to rape indictments against:
- Shawne Norman, 34, of Jackson
- James Norman, 33, of Jackson
- Shelbie Hunt, 28, of Gallopolis
Law enforcement said the crimes happened over a period of three years between 2016 and 2019.
James Norman and Shelbie Hunt pleaded guilty to the crimes and waived their rights to a jury trial. Ms. Norman is set to go to trial in Jackson County Common Pleas Court in January of next year.
No Genuine Remorse
A judge sentenced James Norman to 10 years on the first count of 1st-degree rape, 4 years on a second count of 1st-degree rape, and 10 years to life on a third count of 1st-degree rape. Mr. Norman’s sentences will run consecutively, which means he should serve a minimum of 25 years.
Jackson County Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Regan said Ms. Hunt showed ‘no genuine remorse’ when he sentenced her to 10 years on the first count of 1st-degree rape, 5 years on the second count, and 10 years to life on the third count of 1st-degree rape. Her sentences will also run consecutively.
Norman was credited with 169 served previously and Hunt with 175 days.
The court said the sentencing was necessary to “protect the public from future crime and to punish the offenders and that consecutive sentences are not disproportionate to the seriousness of their conduct and to the danger they pose to the public.”
The Adult Parole Authority will monitor both for five years after their sentences are completed. Neither is eligible for early release.