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Gilley's sister testifies to years of abuse in family

A composed but pale Jody Arlington testified about years of physical, psychological and sexual abuse in her family during this morning's resentencing of her brother, Billy Frank Gilley Jr.

Arlington spoke for two hours at the opening of a Jackson County Circuit Court hearing before Judge Ray White.

At issue is whether Gilley should serve three life sentences in the brutal beating deaths of his parents and sister Becky in 1984 consecutively, as a judge originally determined, or concurrently. If White rules the sentences can be served concurrently, Gilley could be eligible for parole soon.

During this morning's hearing, Arlington called her brother a sociopath and asked that he serve the sentences consecutively.

She described sexual abuse by her brother multiple times during her childhood and said her father had propositioned her before the murders.

Arlington said she was testifying now because the familial violence and abuse had not been part of the previous court record.

Arlington maintained her composure until the end of her lengthy testimony, when White asked her to read a victim's impact statement about Becky. Then she began sobbing, was embraced by friends and left the courtroom.

The hearing continues this afternoon at the Jackson County Justice Building.

— Staff reports