Lee County radio personality resentenced to 21 years - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Lee County radio personality resentenced to 21 years

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Former Lee County disk jockey Clarence Whatley, 45, has been sentenced for a second time after being convicted of deviant sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 12.

The former Eagle 95.9 radio personality was originally convicted in March. He was given a split sentence that equaled about five years.

The state objected, saying the sentence was illegal and pushed for at least 20 years. The judge upheld the state's objection and resentenced Whatley on Friday, June 7.

Family members hugged after the sentence.

Kisha Abercrombie, Lee County Assistant District Attorney, says she is relieved that the process is over and the family can start trying to put it behind them.

"I am really glad the sentence was 21 years, because sentences over 20 years means they are not able to apply for an appeal bond. He will remain incarcerated during the course of his appeal."

Abercrombie says the victim and family are doing well considering what they have been through.

After his release, Whatley will be required to register as a sex offender and be on 10 years of supervised probation. 

Whatley is expected to serve at least 85% of the 21 year sentence. He continues to claim that he is innocent. 

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