Jack Strain sentenced to 4 life sentences without parole for crimes of sexual abuse | KTVE
COVINGTON (WGNO) – Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain learned of his fate today. He received four life sentences without parole for sex crimes dating back to the 1970s that continued up to and during his tenure as sheriff.
“Justice has been served. He’s in jail for the rest of his life,” said Patricia Finn, mother of one of the sexual abuse victims, Mark Finn.
She went on to say, “He would never hurt any other child, and that’s something I prayed for, that he would never come out.”
In court today, the victims were able to make their statements while looking directly at Strain.
Mark Finn told Strain: “You are a monster, a predator and a pervert. He went on to describe the emotional scars Strain left on him and his mother.
The maximum life sentence is reduced after Strain was found guilty of aggravated rape, aggravated incest, sexual assault and indecent behavior. A jury found him guilty on all counts in early November.
Last November, Warren Montgomery, 22nd Judicial District Attorney, said, “Jack Strain was a very powerful and influential person and it shows that no one is above the law. The evidence was overwhelming and the evidence was compelling.
Prosecutors have proven that Strain sexually abused five victims, some of whom were family members over a 40-year period.
“What he did to my son and what he did to me. I don’t want any other mother going through this,” Patricia Finn said.
For this mother, she says what hurts the most is that she trusted Strain and loved her as if he were her own son.
“It’s over with Jack. He can never get out. He’s over and my son and I are going to pick up the pieces,” she said.
In addition to the life sentence, Strain was also sentenced to 15 years and $15,000 in fines for two different counts of aggravated incest, plus an additional fine of $28,000 for costs of pursuit.
Strain’s defense attorneys plan to appeal but have not yet done so.