On the night of Feb. 8, 2016, Taylor Hirth's 2½-year-old daughter had a nightmare about monsters, and Hirth soothed her back to sleep.
“I never could've imagined her fear would be manifested,” Hirth said Thursday morning in the Eastern Jackson County Courthouse, as she went on to describe the long, brutal attack that followed later that night after men barged into their Independence apartment.
The attack took place as Hirth's daughter remained on the bed.
Hirth was giving her victim-impact statement after William Luth, 26, of Grain Valley, pleaded guilty to rape for the attack. Circuit Judge Kenneth Garrett, taking the prosecutor's recommendation, sentenced Luth to 30 years in state prison.
That sentence will concurrent with the 41-year sentence he received last year after pleading guilty to kidnapping and raping a sheriff's deputy in Olathe, Kansas as she arrived for work. That attack took place in October 2016, and DNA samples ultimately matched those from the Independence attack.
Hirth finished lengthy, graphic and vivid impact statement by acknowledging Luth's birthday in two weeks (which was referenced during the attack). “Just so you know, I didn't forget,” she said. “Happy birthday, I hope you rot in hell.”
On Wednesday, a co-defendant in both cases, Brady Newman-Caddell of Independence, withdrew his guilty plea when he was scheduled to be sentenced for the rape in Kansas. His case in Jackson County is pending.