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Decatur man gets 105-year sentence for repeatedly raping child over 5 years

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DECATUR — Undra L. Ingram, a Decatur man convicted of repeatedly raping a girl over a period of five years until she turned 15, was sentenced to a total of 105 years in prison Monday.

Macon County Circuit Judge Phoebe Bowers ordered Ingram, 42, to serve 20 years each on four counts of predatory criminal sexual assault. He was also sentenced to 10 years each on two additional counts of criminal sexual assault on a person under younger than 18, all six sentences to run consecutively.

Bowers also imposed three sentences of five years each on three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, those sentences to run concurrently with each other but consecutive to the first six prison terms, for a total of 105 years.

Ingram was convicted March 20 after a jury trial, during which he denied all the allegations and kept on denying them right through his sentencing hearing.

“I just want to say the allegations are fairy tales,” he told Bowers.

But his weeping victim, now 18 years old, repeatedly broke down reading a victim impact statement to the court about the emotional toll years of sexual assault by a man she had trusted had taken on her life.

Macon County Assistant State’s Attorney Kate Kurtz had called for a maximum sentence of 120 years in prison. She described Ingram as a sexual monster who acted without any sense of remorse.

“What this defendant did to this child will affect her for the rest of her life,” she said.

Earlier in the sentencing hearing Ingram’s defense attorney, Karen Root, said her client was in a difficult position in asking the court for sentencing mercy. “... It would be illogical since he has, from the very beginning and for the past four years — since these allegations came to light — denied they ever happened,” added Root.

Root nevertheless pleaded for mercy on his behalf, describing him as a hard-working father who was now looking at spending the best part of his life behind bars. She had asked for a minimum sentence of 35 years.

Kurtz insisted that Ingram should be shown no mercy and deserved none. She said his outward act of being a caring family man was just that, an act.

“It doesn’t take away from what he was doing (to the victim) behind closed doors,” Kurtz said. “He subjected her to horrific sexual assaults for years.”

Ingram filed a notice that he would appeal.

2018 mug shots from the Herald & Review

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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