December 14, 2011
(Jefferson City, Mo.) – Attorney General Chris Koster said today Henry County Judge James Kelso Journey sentenced Raymond Harvey, 39, to spend the rest of his life in prison after he pled guilty to two counts of 1st degree murder; two counts of armed criminal action; arson; and statutory rape. Harvey was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Brandee Bickleman; life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Bickleman’s teenage daughter; 200 years in prison for each count of armed criminal action; 7 years in prison for arson; and 7 years for the rape of Bickleman’s daughter. All sentences are to run consecutively. The case was heard in Henry County on a change of venue.
Koster said Brandee Bickleman had ended a relationship with Harvey ten days prior to the March 9, 2010, murders. On that date, Harvey went to Bickleman’s residence, bound the victims, and shot them in the head. He then burned the residence in an attempt to cover up the crimes. The autopsy of Bickleman’s daughter revealed that Harvey had sexually assaulted her prior to her murder.
Koster said Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Bock assisted the Bates County Prosecuting Attorney Hugh Jenkins in prosecuting the case.