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97th D.A. Williams Weighs in on Olson Punishment Verdict

Norman Olson II is sentenced to life in prison without the eligibility for parole.
In what was possibly the quickest verdict we've seen in all the years covering trials at KFDX, a Petrolia man is sentenced for the continuous sexual abuse of a young girl.

The door to the jury room had barely closed before a juror knocked and sent a note out to the judge notifying a verdict was reached.

It took jurors just two minutes to decide Norman Lee Olson II should will spend life in prison.

Authorities say the 52-year-old gave the victim sweets and other treats for allowing him to touch her

The girl said the abuse started in October 2011 and at the severity of the abuse increased over time and continued until it was reported to authorities in January 2013.

"That was the fastest jury verdict I've ever received," 97th District Attorney Paige Williams says.

Olson has no chance of parole: a verdict for which Williams says she's grateful.

"I'm happy with it," she says. "I think they were trying to send a clear message that Clay County just won't tolerate child abuse."

During the trial, prosecutors brought forward a 28-year-old woman who made allegations against Olson in 2001.

"The allegations in that case were aggravated sexual assault of a child," Williams says.

The alleged victim made says she went to the sheriff's office at the time, claiming Olson sexually abused her for 10 years starting when she was five-years-old.

"Sheriff Lemons and his staff were able to find a few documents from 2001 when the second victim's information had become known to law enforcement," Williams says.

Olson was never charged, arrested, or indicted based on those allegations, and the D.A's office no longer has evidence that was originally collected in the case, but the sheriff's office was able to find a couple documents that prosecutors were able to piece together to track down the woman.

"I'm just grateful that three sheriffs later Sheriff Lemons was able to find it," Williams says.

It was that victim's testimony that Williams says showed jurors that Olson was a manipulator of young girls who trained and rewarded his victims for sexual favors and he deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

We reached out to Defense Attorney Marty Cannedy after the verdict and he declined to comment.

During his closing arguments, though, he said he and his client respectfully disagree with the jury's guilty verdict and asked for the lowest amount of punishment: 25 years, or something close to that.
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