Williams' attorney, Cheryl Ramsey, characterized the case during the trial as a "he said, she said situation." She noted neither woman suffered cuts or scratches or had torn clothing. Defense attorneys also said Williams passed two lie-detector tests conducted by a State Bureau of Investigation examiner, though they were not admitted into evidence.
The women did not identify Williams as their attacker until three days after the party, when they were shown a photo of the basketball team by Stillwater police. Before that, the women wrote an anonymous letter to police and some media outlets outlining what happened.
At trial, one said Williams held her against her will and dragged her in a yard. She said the attack happened in the basement of the house and that no one came to her aid.
"I don't know what happened in the basement," Williams told police in a recorded interview played at his trial. "I was probably misidentified."
When the judge asked him if he had any comment before his sentencing, Williams continued to insist his conviction was a mistake.
"I'm innocent," he said. "I didn't do it."
His accusers did not attend the sentencing, although members of their families did, according to Ochs-Tontz. One victim told The Associated Press in August that the women had nothing to gain with their complaint.
"That's ignorance for people to say this is a race thing," she said. "It's not about race; it's about rape. He raped two girls."
The AP typically does not identify victims of sexual assault.
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