LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) - Paul Turley the justice runaway, returned to court Friday to learn his fate for abusing two children, one being his step-daughter.
The 47-year-old man was sentenced to 15-30-years in prison in Niagara County Court this morning.
The sentence follows a saga that saw him disappear during his trial, and had law enforcement nationwide searching for him for over a month.
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Victims, prosecutors and even Judge Sara Farkas said they wanted Turley's sentence to be longer. However due to the fact that the abuse happened in the 90's, the statutes from those years had to be implemented for the sentence.
On January 23, during his trial for sexually abusing two children in North Tonawanda during the 1990's, Turley left court and did not return. U.S. Marshals caught up with Turley and his wife Diane a month later at a mobile home in Tucson, Arizona.
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During the time Turley was away, his case continued and he was found guilty even though he was not physically present in court.
One of his victims was his step-daughter Jennipher Morrison, who said the abuse happened from age 4 to 13. Morrison said, "Paul's abuse affected me so deeply that my basic personality, who I was-is, is different. I will never be that little girl; I will never be who I was originally. I'm changed; nobody can fix that. [But] nobody should have to go through that."
Orders of protection will also be filed against Turley by his victims. He will also have to register a s a sex offender.
His wife Diane, is facing a felony charge of hindering prosecution.
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