Kanawha County sex offender to spend up to 650 years in prison for crimes against two children

West Virginia

Jeffrey Thomas Phipps will spend 165 to 655 years in prison for what Judge Dan Greear is calling  “unthinkable crimes”.

During Phipps’ sentencing on Tuesday, Greear said, “There are two children, who in essence, you’ve given life sentences to.”

Phipps is accused of sexually assaulting and abusing a five year old boy and a nine year old boy inside of an abandoned Charleston home over the course of one year.

“Nothing I say could adequately describe the amount of evil it requires for such conduct,” Greear said.

A prosecutor in the case adding that this is the harshest sentence that she’s seen handed down over the course of her career.  Debra Rusnak said, “We really wanted the outcome that we got.  That made every bit of the work that we put into it worth it.”

Phipps chose to address the courtroom several minutes into the sentencing.  “I think I’m getting wrongfully, wrongfully accused here,” he said.  “I did not do this.  I’m going to keep fighting this all the way to the end.”

One of the contributing factors to the outcome of his case, he said, was his own attorney. “He did not represent me properly.  At one point, he said he would do that, but he never did,” Phipps said.

Judge Greear was adamant in his decision.  “We’re going to make sure that you never do this to another individual again.”

Phipps attempted to interrupt Greear several times during the sentencing.

Phipps will likely never experience life outside of prison again- something Rusnak says she hopes sends a message.  “I would just like the citizens of Kanawha County to know that these things will not go unpunished.  The Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office takes these crimes very seriously.   We will prosecute them to the fullest extent of our ability.”

Phipps must also register as a convicted sex offender. 

He said he plans to appeal.

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