Musicians' dad gets 10 years to life for sex abuse

Thu Mar 31, 2011 6:59pm EDT
 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The patriarch of the sibling piano group 5 Browns was sentenced to 10 years to life in prison by a judge in Provo, Utah for sexually abusing his daughters when they were children, a report said on Thursday.

Keith Brown, 55, was ordered to serve concurrent terms of 10 years to life in prison on a single count of sodomy on a child, and one to 15 years on two counts of sexual abuse of a child, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Brown pleaded guilty to the felony charges in February after nearly six months of negotiations with prosecutors. His three adult daughters publicly confirmed that they had been victimized by him during the 1990s.

The sisters -- Desirae, 32, Deondra, 30, and Melody, 26 -- are joined in the group by their brothers Ryan and Gregory. Their father formerly managed the group.

The plea deal, to which the sisters consented, meant that the sentences were at the lighter end of what Brown would have faced had he gone to trial and been convicted.

Fourth District Judge David Mortensen told Brown that he considered him a pedophile and a danger to society, he added that he was being given a lighter sentence "through the consent of your victims."

Deputy Utah County Attorney David Sturgill said Brown's daughters were abused for years and the abuse "has changed the course of their lives."

Of the sentence, Sturgill said, "This is what the victims wanted. ... I hope they're happy it finally came."

The 5 Browns rose to national prominence in 2002, and their three albums topped Billboard's classical chart. Even as the sex abuse saga unfolded, they kept up their busy touring schedule.

(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)