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Onslow woman describes experience as juror in serial rapist's trial

By Alison Parker
Published On: Mar 17 2014 04:36:27 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 17 2014 06:23:33 PM CDT
JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY -

An Onslow County woman describes her experience as a juror during the two-week long trial for Willie Abner Brown, a now convicted serial rapist.

"Thank god it's over, and the verdict is what it should have been," said juror Crystle Sailer.

Sailer had to listen to horrific testimony from the victims.

"Me being a mother, a military spouse -- it hit home for me a lot," Sailer said. "It's supposed to be a safe haven in your home, and they couldn't feel safe in their home anymore, and it's sad."

Brown has been convicted of raping three women and assaulting another during a series of burglaries between July 2011 and September 2012. Two rape victims were pregnant at the time of the attacks. One was raped, beaten, tied up and raped again.

"I have never seen such cold, hateful, horrible eyes in my life," Sailer said. "It was chilling."

Those involved in the investigation held a news conference Monday to thank each other for their teamwork and also encourage any other potential victims to come forward. It's safe, and Brown is now behind bars for life.

"Brown is one, if not the most, dangerous people we've prosecuted," said Ernie Lee, district attorney. "I agree with that. I've been here 27 years, and this individual certainly needed to be off the streets of Onslow County.

Detective Anthony Ramirez with the Jacksonville Police Department was one of many who worked around the clock to bring justice to the victims.

"Everybody in this case has become a big family, and I couldn't ask for more," Ramirez said. "The victims are the greatest people in the world."