They are victims and I can't even imagine their pain and what they are dealing with.I'm not surprised at all. Especially given the threats and horrible things people are saying on SM. The trial will be very interesting. As for sentencing there are guidelines that are followed (many times called the purposes and principles of sentencing. Most states require a PSI be written (even in pleas deals) in felony cases to give the judge more detailed information on the defendant all of which is taken into consideration when sentenced (I conducted and wrote PSI's my whole career so it is my passion. A PSI would include criminal history, childhood, any abuse whether physical, sexual, or emotional or neglect, drug & alcohol use, substance abuse treatment, marriage & children, education, employment, voluntary victim statement (if deceased this would be a family member), voluntary statement by defendant, and more. It also includes a recommendation for sentencing. The judge may or may not follow the recommendation of sentencing. Requests for information are sent to attain documentation to back up what is in the report. Depending on state and law a PSI may be confidential and only seen by Judge, attorneys, and defendant (the info can be disputed) or may be public as in the (affluent) college rape case that was in the news about a year ago. Sorry can't think of the name. Just giving a little more insight. Most people have never heard of PSI's but they are a great tool for court.