Wilson County man sentenced to 475 years in prison

January 19, 2023
Brian Gadbois

Press Release from District Attorney General, Jason Lawson’s Office

A Wilson County man has been sentenced to 475 years in the Department of Correction for various crimes of child abuse and child sexual abuse.  Brian Gadbois was convicted by a Wilson County jury in July of 2022 for ten counts of rape of a child, seven counts of aggravated sexual battery, three counts of aggravated assault, and four counts of indecent exposure.  Judge Brody Kane, who presided over the trial and saw the proof introduced into evidence by prosecutors, handed down the 475 year sentence on January 18, 2023. 

For each of the ten counts of rape of a child, Gadbois received a 40 year sentence, to be served consecutively one after the other.  For the seven counts of aggravated sexual battery, Gadbois received a 30 year sentence for each count.  Six of the seven counts was ordered to be ran concurrently with the rape of a child sentences.  One of the seven counts was ordered to be ran consecutively, after the rape of the child convictions.  The three aggravated assault conviction sentences were each set at 15 years to serve, also consecutive, for a total of 45 years.  The indecent exposure convictions were sentenced concurrently.  The total sentence ordered was 475 years.

“This proof in this case was disturbing,” said Jason Lawson, District Attorney.  “It is difficult for me to understand how someone can subject a child to the treatment that this defendant did.  Although it is a large sentence, it is based upon the proof and is appropriate given the facts of the case.”

Lawson also recognized the members of the investigation and prosecution team.

“Deputy District Attorneys Tom Swink and Justin Harris, along with Assistant District Attorney Laura Bush, did an outstanding job in their presentation of the case to the jury and in their presentation of the proof and arguments to the judge at the sentencing hearing.  All of this proof was collected in an investigation by the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.  Sheriff Bryan’s team led by Detective Jennifer Edwards produced a first-class investigation that left no doubt in the minds of jurors and the judge of exactly the acts that this defendant was guilty of committing.”

Gadbois has been in custody since his arrest date.  He will now be transferred to the Department of Corrections for service of his sentence.

“The most important part of this sentence is that we were able to achieve justice for the three young victims.  That is always our motivation.  It was inspiring to me as I watched the amount of skill and man-hours put into this case by the investigators and the prosecutors.  They weren’t going to let this man get away with the acts that he committed.  Because of their hard work, these victims will know that we did everything we possibly could to exact an appropriate punishment for what they endured.”