A violent pimp named Alston Williams was given five life sentences plus an additional 20 years for obstruction last week. Williams’ public defender, Fletcher Peacock, thought the sentence was unfair and compared it to the light treatment pervy billionaire Jeffrey Epstein received in his case. From the Palm Beach Post:
Peacock pointed out that federal prosecutors in 2007 dropped charges against billionaire Palm Beach resident Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of paying more than 30 young women for sex some when they were as young as 14. Epstein instead was allowed to plead guilty to state prostitution charges and served 13 months of an 18-month sentence.
“They let Mr. Epstein completely off. They didn’t even charge him,” Peacock said of the case that is still spawning litigation. “It’s troubling that the government takes that position in that case and takes the position that a life sentence is appropriate in this case. It’s gross disparity and the court shouldn’t sanction it.”
To be fair, Williams really does seem like a monster. After brutalizing these women for years, he apparently still thinks he’s the victim:
In a hushed courtroom, Alston Williams on Wednesday lashed out at prosecutors, FBI agents and six women who accused him of forcing them to work as prostitutes so he could live comfortably in an upscale neighborhood near Greenacres.
Shaking his head and sighing as he recalled testimony that convinced a jury to convict him of five counts of sex trafficking, Williams disputed the women’s claims that he beat them, stuck needles under their fingernails and threatened to kill their families if they refused to do his bidding…
The women, including two minors, sold their bodies for sex because they liked to shop and loved the money, he said. “This escorting thing, I’ve been telling everyone, I don’t like it,” the 42-year-old said.
They really wanted to be prostitutes, judge! I just happened to benefit from their greed. Back in the real world, Williams’ victims are so traumatized that only one of them was willing to attend the trial and when she gave a statement she was unable to read it herself but had someone else do it for her.
So Williams really does seem like a monster, but then so was Jeffrey Epstein. He allegedly brought more than 60 girls, some as young as 13 or 14 to his various mansions in Florida and New York for sexual massages. Some of the girls were recruited to bring him more girls and some were allegedly handed out to other men like party favors. And yet, Epstein got a year of minimum security in which he was allowed to leave so he could go to work in his office for up to 12 hours a day.
Epstein should have gotten a sentence closer to what Williams was given. The fact that he didn’t because of a sweetheart deal worked out by then-US Attorney Alexander Acosta is a scandal. Even other dirtbag pimps agree.