By Cailin O’Brien, Gwinnett Daily Post
The Buford couple convicted of locking their teenage son in a basement room for two years will now be locked in prison for 10 times as long.
“As parents, we need to tread lightly with the responsibility that we have,” said Judge Deborah R. Fluker at the couple’s sentencing Monday morning.
She sentenced Recardo and Therian Wimbush to 20 years in prison each followed by 10 years of probation. The sentence came after a jury found the couple guilty of three counts of negligent child cruelty Friday.
Fluker imposed the same sentence Assistant District Attorney Dan Mayfield suggested to the court on behalf of the state. She said she agreed to that sentence after considering evidence in the trial that showed the parents struggled with coming up with legal punishments for their children.
“Having the life experience, financial resources, the educational background that each of you had, that light bulb never came on for you as to where that line of reasonableness should have been drawn,” Fluker said. “And you far exceeded anything that could possibly be considered reasonable in your treatment (of the children).”