Alabama woman sentenced to 219 years in prison for role in incestuous sex ring

Dec. 10, 2014: Wendy Wood Holland, 35, appears in the Baldwin County Circuit Court in Bay Minette, Ala.

Dec. 10, 2014: Wendy Wood Holland, 35, appears in the Baldwin County Circuit Court in Bay Minette, Ala.  (AP)

An Alabama judge sentenced a woman to 219 years in prison for her involvement in an incestuous sex ring accused of molesting children for years.

Wendy Holland, 35, showed no emotion as the judge condemned her to virtually a life sentence. She must serve 50 years before being considered for parole.

The jurors convicted Holland of sodomy, sexual abuse and other charges last month. Another defendant, William Brownlee, got a 20-year prison sentence. The 50-year-old man was convicted of sodomy and sexual abuse in the fall.

The two were among 11 people charged with sex crimes in wake of the 2012 disappearance of 19-year-old Brittney Wood, a suspected victim in the ring. Wood remains missing and is presumed dead.

Baldwin Council Circuit Judge Jody Bishop gave both Holland and Brownlee the maximum sentence and said each deserved more time. Each still faces additional charges involving other alleged victims.

In a letter read in court, the underage female victim in both cases said years of abuse left her traumatized. She has a hard time trusting anyone, gets angry easily and rarely feels safe.

"I was a little girl being held down and raped," wrote the victim, who was in court.

Police said the two were part of a group of relatives and friends who sexually abused children and swapped their own kids for years.

Holland is the widow of alleged group leader Donnie Holland. Donnie was Wood's uncle. The teen disappeared around the time Donnie was found with a gunshot wound to the head. His death was ruled a suicide.

Wendy and Donnie Holland's 22-year-old son Donald Paul Holland Jr. — charged with incest, rape and sexual abuse as another alleged participant in the ring — appeared before the judge in a closed hearing after his mother's sentencing.

He was seen being arrested and led away in handcuffs afterward, but the outcome of his case wasn't made public because he was handled as a youthful offender following a request by the defense.

Even without Brittney Wood to testify, two of her uncles and an older brother already pleaded guilty to sex charges before juries convicted Wendy Holland and Brownlee.

In a letter read to the court, the teen felt like she was constantly in fear of more sexual torture. She compared the abuse from Holland and Brownlee to being lost in a maze.

"The people who were supposed to protect me were the ones hurting me," she wrote in the letter.

The Associated Press contributed to this report