It was not until the girl moved away and received counseling that she understood she had been abused and reported Hardy’s crimes, according to Racine.
“The depravity of the defendant’s actions can’t be fully described here,” Racine said. “But in the face of that depravity, the victim stood up and ultimately showed incredible strength and resilience. The jury’s verdict ensures that the defendant is held accountable and that he will be placed where he can no longer harm anyone.”
According to Georgia law, someone convicted of a felony who receives a life sentence must serve 30 years before being considered for parole. Those who receive multiple consecutive life sentences must serve 30 years for each sentence before they can be considered for parole.
Hardy’s three consecutive life sentences ensure that he will not be eligible for parole for at least 90 years, making it unlikely that he will be released from prison during his lifetime.