Plylar was convicted in February of one count of first-degree rape of a child under the age of 12 and three counts of first-degree sodomy of a child under the age of 12. He was found not guilty on one additional sodomy charge and one additional rape charge, although he was found guilty of the lesser included charge of sexual abuse of a child on the rape count. Circuit Judge Jerry Selman then sentenced Plylar to four consecutive life sentences and an additional 20-year sentence to also be served consecutively.
Selman’s rulings in the case, which included allegations of prior sexual abuse of other victims and bestiality, were upheld by the higher court.
Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said he expected the court to uphold Selman’s rulings and his office’s decisions to prosecute, but was glad it was over for the families involved in the case.
“I’m very pleased they upheld the jury’s decision,” Adair said. “I thought the case was tried very, very well, and Judge Selman did a very good job of handling a very difficult, emotional case.”
Adair said he hopes the higher court’s ruling with help give the victims in the case some closure.
“This is very important for the victims and we’re very happy for these victims that the judgements were upheld,” Adair said. “That case, because of the number of people who came forward as victims, was obviously a very important case.”