Jackie Gilliard, a former drummer for the rhythm and blues group, the Blue Notes, has been sentenced to 15 to 40 years in prison for repeatedly raping two girls when they lived in his home on Darien Street near Butler.
Gilliard, 41, the father of 17, told Common Pleas Judge James A. Lineberger that he needs help. "I am finally able to admit what I did."
"You have been a drain on society all your life," Lineberger told Gilliard, whom the prosecutor said has not supported his children. "You have never paid income tax in your life. These crimes were horrendous. You took advantage of youngsters at their tender ages."