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Buford man given 50-year prison sentence in child molestation, rape case
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Tommy Shane Brooks is escorted into court on Monday, April 30, 2018, in Gainesville, during his sentencing hearing. Brooks is convicted of rape, aggravated child molestation, two counts of child molestation and three counts of first-degree child cruelty. Brooks was sentenced to 50 years in prison. - photo by David Barnes

A Buford man was given a 50-year prison sentence a month after his trial for multiple sexual assault charges.

The jury convicted Tommy Shane Brooks, 33, of rape, aggravated child molestation, two counts of child molestation and three counts of first-degree child cruelty March 29.

He was acquitted on three counts of first-degree child cruelty and two counts of child molestation.

On Monday, April 30, Assistant District Attorney Harold Buckler read victim-impact statements to Hall County Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller advocating for the maximum punishment allowed under the law.

During testimony, a 9-year-old girl told the jury she was “scared to tell” anyone about the alleged sexual assault she experienced.

The molestation allegations involved separate children under age 16.

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Crystal Brooks speaks on the witness stand on Monday, April 30, 2018, in Gainesville, during the sentencing hearing of her son Tommy Shane Brooks, who is convicted of rape, aggravated child molestation, two counts of child molestation and three counts of first-degree child cruelty. Brooks was sentenced to 50 years in prison. - photo by David Barnes
Defense attorney Lynn Alderman brought multiple members of Brooks’ family to argue for a shorter sentence. His mother, Crystal Brooks, said she wanted to put her arms around him again.

“We need him in our life. Shane has always been a big-hearted, loving person that would help anybody. He would put others first … and he loved his kids so much,” she said.

According to the sentencing packet, the remainder of his sentence following the 50 years in confinement will be life on probation.

“Mr. Brooks, your conduct and your actions have had adverse impact on dozens of people, both the victims in this case and your family,” Fuller said.

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Hall County Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller listens to defense attorney Lynn Alderman on Monday, April 30, 2018, in Gainesville, during the sentencing hearing of Tommy Shane Brooks, who is convicted of rape, aggravated child molestation, two counts of child molestation and three counts of first-degree child cruelty. Brooks was sentenced to 50 years in prison. - photo by David Barnes
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