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Springfield Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Sexually Assaulting Woman

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Springfield man is sentenced to five years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in 2009.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Springfield man is sentenced to five years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman in 2009.

Brian R. Graham, 57, was sentenced Friday for Deviate Sexual Assault following a 3-day jury trial in April, according to 
Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson.

Graham was found guilty of sexually assaulting the victim in May of 2009. The defendant married the victim’s mother in 2004.

Patterson says although the two separated in 2006, the defendant remained a family friend. The evidence showed that on the night before the incident the victim, the victim’s mother, and the defendant were at a local bar.

Throughout the night the victim, then 27, became highly intoxicated and needed the assistance of her mother to walk out of the bar. The defendant drove them back to the mother’s residence located in Springfield.

Sometime early that morning the defendant entered a spare bedroom where the victim was sleeping. The evidence showed that once inside the bedroom the defendant sexually assaulted the victim while she was unconscious and still intoxicated from the night before.

The victim’s mother walked in during the assault at which time the defendant fled the scene. The jury heard testimony from Ashley Vanhorn, a specially trained nurse who completed a sexual assault examination on the victim.

An analysis of the evidence obtained from that examination showed the defendant’s DNA was present. The defendant was also convicted in 1996 of Sexual Misconduct in the 1st Degree. 



Courtesy: Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson
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