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Smiths Station man sentenced 42 years for sexual abuse, sodomy

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LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - A Smiths Station man found guilty in a sex abuse trial was sentenced to 42 years in prison on Wednesday, May 20. 

On March 11, a Lee County jury found 40-year-old Mark Poole guilty on all charges, including first degree sodomy and sex abuse of two victims under the age of 12.

The victims, who are now 15 and 20 years old, both testified in graphic detail how Poole sexually abused them for several years, starting at 5 years old.

Poole called the victims liars when he testified.

Investigators and prosecutors have said what Mark Poole did to these two children over several years resulted in one of the most horrific sex abuse cases they've ever seen.

On Wednesday, both mothers of the victims urged the judge to put Poole away for as long as possible.

"No matter how much you get, they have to live with it for the rest of their life," said one of the mothers. 

As Poole stared at his feet, refusing to meet her eyes, the mom told the court Poole should be castrated for what he did and urged the judge to sentence him to life.

"He is where he needs to be, he wants to be somebody's b----, he is going to be somebody's b----," said one of the mothers. 

Lee County Assistant District Attorney Kisa Abercrombie convinced a jury that Poole was guilty of sexually abusing and sodomizing the two children over a 10-year period. 

"It was a very emotional plea for her, and she said some things that were fairly strong, but understanding all they have gone through, she showed a great deal of restraint," Abercrombie said. 

The judge sentenced him to a total of 42 years in prison on two counts of sex abuse and sodomy for each victim. Poole could be 82 years old when he is released, and Abercrombie will continue to fight to keep him in prison as long as possible. 

"It has been a really emotional case, with all these children have been through and what they continue to go through," Abercrombie said. "I have been doing this a long time and this was a particularly heinous case, and a heinous set of facts."

Abercrombie says the two victims in the case are heroes in her mind. Both testified at trial, and it's her hope that the sentencing will be another positive step for them in their recovery.

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