On Jan. 9, Brett Sanders, 54, of Ash Grove was convicted of three counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, two counts of first-degree child molestation and sexual misconduct involving a child.
After the trial, the jury recommended a life sentence for each conviction of statutory sodomy, a 10 year sentence for each count of child molestation and a four year sentence for the conviction of sexual misconduct involving a child.
According to a news release from the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, during the sentencing hearing on Friday, March 14, the State argued that the court should follow the jury’s suggested sentencing, citing the relatives lasting emotional trauma, a prior case of abuse involving Sanders and his refusal to accept responsibility of his convicted offenses.
Sanders asked the court to ignore the jury’s recommendation and instead asked for a sentence of 10-15 years in the Department of Corrections, citing his military record and health issues.
Judge Holden followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced Sanders to three life-sentence prison terms for statutory sodomy, four years for sexual misconduct, and ten years each for two convictions of child molestation.
Probation was denied and each sentence was ordered to run concurrently for a total life sentence.
In Missouri, life in prison is calculated at 30 years. Due to the degree of the statutory sodomy felony, Sanders will not be eligible for parole until he has served 85 percent of his sentence, which is 25.5 years.
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