Judge: 5 life sentences for ‘despicable act’ on child
by Rachel Davis
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Michael Odell Logan
Michael Odell Logan
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On Thursday, Walker County Circuit Judge Hoyt Elliott sentenced Michael Odell Logan, 34, of Dora, to five life sentences to be served consecutively, as well as additional consecutive sentences of 10 and 20 years.

Logan was convicted in late February of two counts of first-degree rape by forcible compulsion, three counts of first-degree sodomy and one count each of sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and enticing a child for immoral purposes.

The sentence reflects the maximum possible sentence for each charge, in a case Elliott called “horrific” before telling Logan that his “despicable act robbed her of her innocence.”

Prior to imposing the sentence, Elliott heard from Darryl Gurganus with the state corrections and probation service. He issued a presentence report that included a prior conviction for sexual assault for which he was granted youthful offender status in 2001.

He also heard from the victim’s mother, who described her child’s “happy-go-lucky” attitude prior to the abuse and describes her now as “angry and bitter” in addition to being distrustful of men.

The victim herself read a statement she had written about Logan and how the abuse had changed her life.

Assistant District Attorney Alana Sewell spoke on behalf of the state, asking Elliott to impose the maximum sentence on Logan, calling his actions those of a “true predator.” She also spoke to the ongoing effects the abuse inflicted on the victim.

“She never gets to walk away from this,” Sewell said.

Belinda Weldon, the defense attorney for Logan, asked that Logan be given a more lenient sentence so he could have a relationship with his seven children, as well as asking for consideration for his elderly parents.

Weldon also stated that she would assist with filing the paperwork for Logan’s appeal, but she asked that the state declare him indigent and appoint an attorney for the appeal.

Weldon was not appointed, she was retained by the Logan family.

Logan has been in the Walker County Jail since his arrest in early 2012. He will now be transported to a state prison to serve his sentence, while he files an appeal.