Reno Woman Gets Life Terms in Sex Case

A Reno woman was sentenced to two life prison terms Friday for allowing her boyfriend to have sex with two of her preteen daughters.

Jackie Williams, 37, a mother of five, and her boyfriend, Michael Jones, had both pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault with a child.

The children were 11 and 12 when the abuse was documented in 2004.

Washoe District Judge Steven Kosach sentenced Williams to the two life terms and ruled she would be eligible for parole after serving 40 years in prison. Jones will be sentenced in October.

The couple was arrested after a woman in Idaho gave police some journals that the couple had written with her oldest daughter outlining sexual abuse, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported. Williams pleaded guilty to demonstrating sex acts for her children and then supervising while Jones assaulted them.

All of Williams children are in foster care out of the area and are doing well, police said.

Williams attorney, Mike Roth, told Kosach that Williams had a dysfunctional childhood and spent time in foster care, where she suffered physical and sexual abuse. He said she suffers from post
traumatic stress and is bipolar.

Deputy District Attorney Luke Prengaman said it was difficult to decide who committed the more heinous acts - Jones or Williams.

"Their mother was supposed to protect them and willfully serves them up to her boyfriend to assault them," he said. "These are two separate victims who may never recover from what they have experienced."

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