The two girls, who were not present at the sentencing, have limited their public comments. One of them conducted an interview with the Associated Press last month.
“That's ignorance for people to say this is a race thing,” she said in the interview. “It's not about race; it's about rape. He raped two girls.”
Williams’ case drew national attention, including a visit to Stillwater in August from the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who staged a rally in Williams' defense.
Jill Tontz, the assistant district attorney, spearheaded the state's case against Williams and seemed generally pleased with Friday’s outcome, despite her wish that he serve more jail time.
“I hope that sexual assault victims across the state will see and know that no one is above the law,” Tontz said. “I honestly feel that Darrell Williams feels that he is above the law.”
Williams is expected to return to Chicago and register for the necessary programs there. His basketball future is still up in the air, with one family friend saying those future plans are "on the ground level."
In some cases, lower-level sexual offenders are allowed to attend universities once they complete necessary paperwork that notifies the school.
Oklahoma State’s basketball team, for which Williams was expected to play before his conviction, was set to begin practice Friday night without him.
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