A south Alabama man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for killing his eight-year-old daughter during a sexual assault.
Hiawatha Robinson was sentenced on Wednesday morning in the 2014 murder and sodomy of his daughter Hiawayi, according to local media reports.
Robinson, who was convicted in Hiawayi’s death last month, is set to appeal the sentence, according to his attorney.
During Wednesday’s sentence hearing, Hiawatha argued with judge Charles Graddick and threatened he would be back.
He also said family members and FBI agents had ‘lied on him,’ according to AL.com.
‘You took me away from my family; you took me away for my friends; you took me away from my fishing trips,’ he said. ‘All on a lie.’
He added: ‘I came here today as a man. I will leave here today as a man. I won’t apologize for something I didn’t do.’
Before leaving the courtroom, he told the judge, ‘Remember this face, I will be back, you will hear this voice again.’
In response, Graddick told Robinson the only way he will be back is ‘in a pine box.’
He added that he was going to do everything in his power to keep Hiawatha in prison for the rest of his ‘natural born life.’
Hiawayi’s body was found partially unclothed at an abandoned building in Prichard in September 2014, two days after she was reported missing.
Her crumpled body was surrounded by trash, her Hello Kitty T-shirt was pulled up and her purple shorts and underwear were pulled off one leg and hanging around the other knee, investigators had testified in court at the time.
Autopsy results showed Hiawayi had been sexually assaulted.
At the time of Hiawayi’s disappearance, Robinson had joined the search for his and even made a public appeal for her safe return.
While the case had no direct evidence or DNA linking the father to the crime, the jury was unanimous in its verdict of finding Robinson guilty, according to KFVS.
On the day she vanished, Hiawayi returned home from school to change her clothes because she was wet from the rain.
Her father then called her and they spoke for 17 minutes, investigators said.
Hiawayi then told her grandmother she was heading to her cousin’s apartment in the same complex because her father was going to meet her there to give her $150 for her birthday.
But the cousin later told police she would not have been at the apartment at that time.
Hiawayi headed out and never returned home.
She was reported missing by her grandmother around 10pm that evening.
Her body was found two days later around a mile from their home.
After she went missing, authorities looked at surveillance footage taken from businesses along a strip mall near their home and saw a red SUV driving along the road.
That day, her father had been driving his girlfriend’s red Chevrolet Tahoe, authorities said.
In separate surveillance footage from a store that afternoon, Hiawayi could be seen buying candy and then heading in the direction where the SUV was seen.
Fifteen minutes after she left the store, her father called her grandmother to see where the little girl was, authorities said.
During a later search of his girlfriend’s car, police found a clear hair bead, like those worn by Hiawayi, and black duct tape, Al.com reported.
After she was reported missing, authorities and the community searched for Hiawayi, as Robinson and her mother Yosha Populus, who are separated, appeared on television to appeal for information.
Investigators believe the girl was sexually abused by her father several times, with the last incident resulting in her death.
Since this was not a capital murder case, the death penalty was not an option, according to WPMI.