BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — The aunt of a missing south Alabama teenager believed to be a victim of a family child sex abuse ring was sentenced Thursday on sodomy and child sex abuse charges.
Mendy Wood Kent was sentenced Thursday to 20 years on each charge, according to Mobile County Circuit Court records. Her sentences will run consecutively.
Brittney Wood, 19, was last seen in 2012 and is presumed dead. Authorities believe she was among the young victims of a group of relatives and friends who sexually abused their own children and swapped them for sex for years.
The teen was last seen with her uncle Donnie Holland, who was found with a gunshot to the head and died in what was ruled a suicide days after Wood disappeared.
Mendy Wood's attorney, John Grow, has filed a motion for a new trial, saying the court should have granted a motion for a mistrial. The motion says an unnamed source said a juror "stated that he had made up his mind on day one."
Several of the teen's relatives — including two uncles, her older brother and a cousin — have already been sentenced in the case. Some have yet to go to trial.
Wood's mother, Chessie Wood, was charged with sodomy. Mobile County court records say her trial is expected to begin March 16.