Savannah Morning News
June 25, 2019
By Jan Skutch
Former Savannah Catholic priest Wayland Yoder Brown has died just months after he began serving a 20-year sentence for sexually assaulting two Savannah boys while still a priest.
South Carolina Department of Corrections official said Brown, 76, died at a hospital on June 8.
Brown pleaded guilty on Oct. 23 in Beaufort County, S.C., to nine charges including six counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, second degree and three counts of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, first degree.
“I do not expect the defendant to live through that sentence,” Judge Robert Hood said in imposing the 20-year sentence.
South Carolina 14th Judicial Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone, who prosecuted Brown, said he hoped prosecuting Brown before he died gave his victims “at least some measure of peace.”
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