By Josh Mitchell
Corinth Today News Editor
More than a half-century in prison was the sentence handed down Thursday in Alcorn County Circuit Court for a local man convicted on four counts of child sexual offenses.
Bobbie Wade Butler, 38, was smiling and quietly laughing as Circuit Court Judge Paul Funderburk handed down the 55-year sentence. Butler was convicted by an Alcorn County jury in a trial last week on two counts each of fondling and sexual battery. All of the counts involved the same victim and occurred in 2012 and 2016, the indictments said.
Butler said, “Let’s do it,” when the judge asked if there was anything he would like to say before sentence was imposed. The victim chose not to make a statement during the sentencing proceeding. Butler cannot be released on parole since the crimes are sex offenses, Funderburk noted.
His mom, Diane Butler of Corinth, told Corinth Today outside of the Alcorn County Courthouse that she was “heartbroken” by the sentence and that there was “no evidence” against her son. The case “is not everything it appears,” she added. Her son is “absolutely” innocent, and his attorney “sold him down the river,” she asserted.
But public defender John Windsor said Butler thanked him for the legal representation and was pleased with the services.
“I can sleep well knowing my client was satisfied,” Windsor added.
Butler was sentenced to 30 years on one of the sexual battery counts and 20 years on the other sexual battery count, with those sentences to run consecutively.
He was sentenced to five years on one of the fondling counts, and on the second one he was ordered to serve 15 years with 10 years suspended. The two fondling charges will run at the same time but consecutive with the rest of his sentence, giving Butler a total of 55 years to serve in the Misssissippi Department of Corrections.