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DECATUR, Ala. – A Georgia woman convicted of sexually abusing her daughter and stepdaughter was sentenced to 723 years in prison by an Alabama judge on Monday.

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Lisa Marie Lesher, 41, of Carrolton, was sentenced by Morgan County Judge Stephen F. Brown, WIAT reported. Lesher, who used to live in Falkville, Alabama, was convicted by a Morgan County jury on Oct. 1, 2020, of two counts of first-degree rape, four counts of first-degree sodomy, one count of second-degree sodomy, one count of sexual torture, and one count of first-degree sexual abuse, the television station reported.

Lesher received 99-year sentences for the rape, first-degree sodomy and sexual torture counts, WHNT reported. She received a 20-year sentence for the second-degree sodomy charge and a 10-year sentence for first-degree sexual abuse, the television station reported. The sentences will be served consecutively, Brown ruled.

The sentence was the maximum amount allowed under Alabama law,

Testimony at Lesher’s trial revealed that she sexually abused her daughter and stepdaughter for several years at their home in Falkville, along with her husband, Michael Lesher, WIAT reported.

The couple was arrested in 2017 by U.S. Marshals in Carroll County, Georgia, where they lived at the time, WAAY-TV reported.

Michael Lesher was convicted for his participation last year and sentenced to 438 years in prison.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Courtney Schellack and DA Investigator Johnny Coker.

The case was first reported in 2007, and District Attorney Scott Anderson reopened it at the request of the victims after he came into office, The Decatur Daily reported.

“We are thrilled with the sentence in this case,” Schellack told reporters. “The victims suffered for years living with these monsters, and have suffered with the consequences of their actions for over a decade. The sentence, in this case, was well deserved, and gives the victims a sense of closure.”

Lesher’s 29-year-old daughter, who said the abuse began when she was 8, said she was pleased with the sentence.

“I feel a lot happier than I thought I would,” the woman told AL.com. “I feel safe and relieved. I feel lighter.

“I’m glad she got (the sentence) she got,” said Lesher’s daughter, who is the mother of two daughters, ages 9 and 1, and a 6-year-old son. “She showed no remorse, no compassion. I wanted to hear her say, ‘I’m sorry.’”

Lesher’s attorney, Griff Belser, said he accepted the verdict.

“It was a long, hard-fought trial,” Belser told AL.com after the sentencing. “I respect the jury’s verdict.”

“Lisa Lesher was sentenced to 723 years in this case, and she deserved every day of it,” Anderson said. “Justice has been served.”