Man gets 25 years for rape, sex abuse

Bryant Long, convicted of the first-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse of two young girls, was sentenced today to 25 years in prison.

The victims didn't speak before Russell County Circuit Court Judge George Greene, though Assistant District Attorney Max Smith read statements from the girls.

"These nice people want to send you to jail," the now 14-year-old girl wrote. "I want to send you to hell!"

Long abused the girls at separate times over several years, Smith said. The younger was around 8 when the abuse began. The older child was around 10.

See Thursday's Ledger-Enquirer for more on this story.