An Alabama man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for murdering his daughter’s sexual abuser.
Jay Maynor, 43, pleaded guilty to the shooting death of Raymond Earl Brooks, 59, two years ago in Cullman, about 50 miles north of Birmingham.
Thirteen years earlier, Brooks had pleaded guilty to sexually abusing Maynor’s 8-year-old daughter, who was also Brooks’ adopted granddaughter.
Brooks served 27 months for that crime before he was released on parole. He was a registered sex offender.
Maynor’s daughter, who is now 24 and the mother of three, said her dad snapped that day in 2014 after she argued with him over Brooks, AL.com reported.
Her dad got on his motorcycle and drove to a convenience store, where he fired several rounds inside while trying to hit a man who had been dating his stepdaughter and allegedly had been abusing the woman, she said.
Maynor didn’t hit anyone, and took off for Brooks’ home, where he shot the man twice, killing him as he stood in his front yard, authorities said.
Maynor’s daughter said he pleaded guilty so she wouldn’t have to testify about being abused by Brooks over several years, until she finally told someone about it at age 8.
“My father was protecting me, like a father should do,” she told the news site. “He is an amazing father, actually the best. He loves us so much.”
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Her father also pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the store shooting and was sentenced to 20 years, to be served concurrently with his murder sentence.
The daughter says her father’s punishment is too harsh.
“I’m going through hell,” she said.