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Palmer judge hands down 218-year sentence against child abuser

  • Author: Alaska News
  • Updated: September 30, 2016
  • Published February 24, 2016

Anthony Gilliam, 52, was sentenced Wednesday in Palmer to 218 years in prison for sexually abusing two family members over the course of six years, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Palmer Superior Court Judge Gregory Heath sentenced Gilliam on 22 counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and three additional counts of the same charge in the second degree.

Gilliam's total sentence was 689 years, but many of the charges will be served consecutively, resulting in a sentence of 248 years. Another 30 years was suspended, troopers said.

Gilliam was arrested in Idaho in May 2014. He was extradited back to Alaska to face the sexual abuse charges.

Troopers said two Wasilla women in their 20s came forward with accusations about Gilliam's abuse. In November 2013, a 23-year-old woman called troopers and reported that Gilliam had sexually abused her and her 22-year-old sister. The Ashton, Idaho, police department assisted in the investigation that led to Gilliam's arrest.

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