CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A St. Albans man convicted of sexual abuse was sentenced Friday to spend up to 190 years in prison.
A jury previously convicted Delbert Wileman, 56, of 41 counts of sexual assault and abuse after abusing his girlfriend's granddaughters over five years.
Kanawha Circuit Judge Duke Bloom handed down the sentence of 90 to 190 years, according to assistant prosecutor Fred Giggenbach.
Wileman had been the boyfriend of both victims' grandmother. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department investigated the case after Wileman reported the grandmother's handgun missing and one of the victims confessed to taking it after contemplating shooting Wileman, Giggenbach said.
Both victims then came forward with allegations that Wileman had sexually abused them for years.
"These young women looked for Mr. Wileman to protect them, not molest them," Giggenbach said. "He used these girls as sex slaves."
During the sentencing, Wileman complained to the judge about the conditions at the South Central Regional Jail, likening it to a "gateway to hell," Giggenbach said.
Bloom responded, according to Giggenbach, saying Wileman's house had served as a gateway to hell for the victims.