A Big Island man will spend the next 45 years in prison for sodomizing six children, some younger than 6 years old.
Gregory D. Burton, 36, was sentenced in Bedford County Circuit Court Tuesday morning for 13 counts of forcible sodomy and one count of aggravated sexual battery. Burton had entered Alford pleas on the charges this summer. An Alford plea, which carries the same effect as a guilty plea, meant Burton didn't admit his guilt, but felt the plea was in his best interest.
He continued to maintain his innocence at Tuesday's sentencing hearing.