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Attorney of convicted rapist hopes new sentence 'passes muster'

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Clem was originally sentenced to community corrections but no jail time after he was convicted of first and second degree rape. Clem was originally sentenced to community corrections but no jail time after he was convicted of first and second degree rape.
ATHENS, AL (WAFF) -

The attorney for a convicted rapist sentenced to no jail time gave his thoughts on a judge's Tuesday decision to re-sentence his client.   

Limestone County judge James Woodroof sentenced Austin Clem to community corrections but no jail time after Clem was convicted of first and second degree rape. The judge decided to re-sentence Clem after the Limestone County district attorney appealed the sentence to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals.

Attorney Dan Totten represented Clem at his criminal trial. Totten said defendants want answers and not speculation and they worry about every uncertainty that exists. He said convicted rapist Austin Clem is no different.

Totten did not want to go into detail about conversations and any concerns Clem has had since his sentence was appealed. Earlier this week, Judge Woodruff agreed to re-sentence Clem although a date is not set yet. We tried to reach out to Judge Woodruff on Friday. His office appeared to be closed and his staff was not there.

Totten told WAFF he's expecting the resentencing to happen soon and he's prepared to go back to court to hear what this new punishment will include.

"The problem probably should have been handled at the trial court level and I wish it had been," said Totten. "Judge woodruff has taken a lot of bad press for doing what he simply had to do. I'm sure this time proper procedures will be followed and we will have a sentence that will pass muster."

Limestone County District Attorney Brian Jones declined to comment on the pending re-sentence. 

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