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Daniel, Alisha Hall sentenced in sexual abuse case involving infant daughter

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) -

(11/28/12) - It is life in prison for the Mt. Morris man who, admittedly, sexually abused his own infant daughter.

Daniel Hall and his wife, Alisha, were both sentenced - separately - Wednesday morning.

Alisha's hearing was first. She will spend at least 25 years in prison for taking pictures of her husband sexually abusing their daughter.

She made a statement, but didn't apologize until the judge asked her if she was sorry.

"As mad as I am at Daniel, I got to be mad at me too for letting this happen," she said.

Her defense at trial was she was afraid her husband would hurt their daughter or her if she didn't go along with what he wanted. 

Alisha's attorney Major White says she is as much of a victim in this as the baby.

Prosecutors say she did not protect her daughter.  She was often alone with the child and did not try to get help.

"I'm very sorry," she said.

Alisha admitted Wednesday she could have done something different to protect their then 6-month-old baby.

Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Geoffrey Neithercut sentenced her to 25-40 years in prison and before the deputies took her away, he told her, "A mother is supposed to die to protect her child."

During Daniel's hearing, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Jonathan Poulos showed Neithercut the images of him and his daughter.  Their faces were blocked out, Poulos said.

"So he can distribute them over the internet and trade them for more child pornography."

Authorities say they found more than 700 child pornography images on computers in the couple's home.

They were both arrested, about a year ago, after Daniel tried to solicit an undercover police officer.

"What I did was really stupid. I'm more sorry than I can ever find words to express," Daniel said.  "But I also am not sorry I got caught. In fact, I'm actually glad I got caught because I'm getting help I've been wanting to get, but fearful to get, for a few years."

Judge Neithercut had harsh words for him too.  He called him one of the most dangerous people he's seen in his 26 years on the bench and told him he needed to be removed from this world to protect society.

"That's why I wanted to testify," Daniel responded.  "I realized I made a big mistake and need to pay for it."

Daniel's attorney Mark Clement made mention of the sexual abuse Daniel endured at the hands of his own father Jack Hall.

He was tied to vicious, sexual attacks in the 1990s.  He is serving life in prison.

Daniel was sentenced to life in prison.  Jurors found both he and his wife guilty of first degree criminal sexual conduct and child sexually abusive activity.  Daniel faced two additional counts and was found guilty on those as well.

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