This story from the Herald archive originally appeared in November 2016
An Alabama man who murdered his daughter's sexual abuser has accepted a 40-year prison sentence so she wouldn't have to testify in court.
AL.com reports that Jay Maynor shot and killed Raymond Earl Brooks, 59, in 2014, when he learnt that his daughter, Julia, had been molested by him 13 years earlier.
Brooks adopted Julia's mother at birth, and the woman knew him as her father until she was 21, five years after Julia was born.
Julia Maynor told al.com that the sentence has brought back the pain of the abuse, which happened over four or five years, until she was about eight years old.
Ms Maynor, now a 24-year-old mother-of-three, says her dad was doing what any father would.
"Basically he took (the plea deal) so that I didn't have to relive the molestation and also be on the stand in front of a bunch of people talking about and bringing back memories of the molestation," said Ms Maynor.
"My father was protecting me, like a father should do. He is an amazing father - actually the best. He loves us so much."
Ms Maynor said she told her dad about the abuse in a moment of anger.
After shooting Brooks dead, Maynor also fired shots into a convenience store after spotting an ex-boyfriend of his stepdaughter, who had allegedly been abusive to her. The man hid and escaped unharmed.
He received 20 years for attempted murder on top of the 20 years he received for Brooks' death.
Ms Maynor says she had managed to overcome her PTSD but that it has flared up again and damaged her marriage.
"I've tried counselling and that didn't work and it's still here today. I relive it every day. I struggle to get out of bed in the morning," she said.
She claims the sentence handed down to her father is unfair.
"(Brooks) took my innocence away and only served like 18 months, and now I suffer daily from what Raymond did to me," she said.
In a separate interview with WVTM13, she said she only vaguely remembers the abuse, but it still has a devastating impact to this day.
"I can still remember his smell, which is awful to me.
"I overcame my PTSD, but now I have had to relive it all over again.
"Me and my husband are now going through a divorce because of it. I have completely pushed him out of my life," she said. "I am back in the same mind state that it is wrong, even though we are married and have three kids, it's wrong."
Ms Maynor waived her right to anonymity as a victim of sexual abuse after her father's sentencing.