Cherry, who had been charged with 6 counts of First Degree Sexual Offense and 4 counts of Sex Offense of a Child by an Adult, was found guilty on all 10 counts. Judge Edgar Gregory sentenced Cherry to 25 years in prison on counts for each child, the second sentence to run at the expiration of the first 25 years, therefore receiving an active sentence of 50 years. If Cherry were to live to be released, the Judge ordered satellite monitoring as a sex offender for the remainder of Cherrys natural life.
Judge Gregory then spoke directly to the twins, encouraging them not to let this define their lives, to move forward and be all they could be. He told them to never ever think for one minute any of this was their fault or to blame themselves in any way. Cherry was arrested February 20th, 2013 after the joint investigation of the Ashe Sheriffs Office and West Jefferson Police. At the end of the trial, Judge Gregory asked Cherry if he had anything to say. He said, Im fine sir.
Cherry was transferred to Central Prison in Raleigh late last week to begin his 50 year sentence. Sheriff Williams praised the jury for their work as this was a difficult case.