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Attorney General's News Release

May 28, 2010

Beedle Sentenced in sodomy, rape case -- Sikeston area man gets prison time --

Jefferson City, Mo. -- Attorney General Chris Koster said today Iron County Circuit Court Judge Randall Louis Head has sentenced a Sikeston-area man to 50 years in state prison after he was convicted on four counts of statutory sodomy and one count of first-degree statutory rape.

Koster said a jury found Jeremy Beedle guilty after hearing trial testimony that Beedle, then 24, had sexual contact with a 13-year-old female in December 2006. The crime took place in Ellington in Reynolds County when Beedle and the victim's family lived there. The victim testified at the trial about the facts of the history of the molestation.

Koster said Beedle also was charged with committing first-degree statutory sodomy in 2007 in a separate case pending before the court. At the conclusion of the sentencing on his five-count conviction, Beedle elected to plead guilty to the 2007 charge. His victim in that case was the 5-year-old daughter of friends. Beedle was sentenced to seven years in prison for this crime, to run concurrent with the 50-year sentence.

"These are horrible crimes, and the victims will spend their lifetimes dealing with the experience," Koster said. "This sentence, though appropriate, cannot undo what has been done, but I am thankful that this predator will be behind bars for a very long time."

Koster said Assistant Attorney General Megan Schueler assisted Reynolds County Prosecuting Attorney Robert Johnson on the case.

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