Verbena woman sentenced to 119 years for sex abuse charges

Published 2:12 pm Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Verbena woman was sentenced Wednesday to 119 years in prison for sexual abuse charges involving a child less than 12.

Toni Jo Minot, 40, who lists an address off County Road 506 in Verbena, was sentenced by Bessemer Cutoff Jefferson County Circuit Judge David Hobdy to 99 years for her first-degree sodomy charge and 20 years for sexual abuse of a child less than 12.



Minot will not be eligible for parole due to the victim in the case being under 12 when the crimes occurred, according to court records.

In August, a Bessemer Cutoff jury found Minot guilty of the two charges.

Minot was originally arrested on Jan. 24, 2012, in Jefferson County, after being indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury in 2011 on charges of first-degree sodomy and sexual abuse of a child less than 12.

According to the indictment, Minot engaged in sexual contact with a child less than 12 between Dec. 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009, in Jefferson County.

Minot was sometimes known as Tony Jo Watson or Tony Jo Greek, according to court records.

Minot’s husband, Lyndon Minot, 56, who also lists a Verbena address, is scheduled to be sentenced by Hobdy on Oct. 22 for sodomy and sexual abuse charges related to the same victim in his wife’s case, according to court records.

Lyndon Minot was convicted by a separate Bessemer Cutoff jury earlier this year.

Lyndon Minot is a registered sex offender after he pleaded guilty in 1999 to first-degree sexual abuse, according to court records.

Information provided by the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Community Information Center indicates the victim in the 1999 incident was an 8-year-old boy.