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May 5, 2011

Attorney General Koster announces sentencing in Montgomery County sodomy, rape case

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Keith Sutherland has sentenced Matthew Randolph, 43, of Vista, California, to 75 years in prison. Randolph was sentenced to 25 years for 1st degree statutory rape and 25 years for each of his two counts of 1st degree statutory sodomy. The sentences will run consecutively.

Koster said a Montgomery County jury on March 28 found Randolph guilty of 1st degree statutory rape and two counts of 1st degree statutory sodomy. The case was moved from Audrain County to Montgomery County on a change of venue.

Koster said at trial, the state presented testimony and evidence to the jury that Randolph had groomed and molested a 13-year-old family member over a period of years while she visited him in California. In late June of 2007, Randolph committed various sexual acts on the child during a visit to Missouri.

“My deepest sympathy goes out to this young girl and her family,” Koster said. “Though nothing can undo the harm that was done, I’m pleased that the man who committed these terrible crimes will be in prison a very long time.”

Koster said Assistant Attorney General Monty Platz tried the case jointly with Jacob Shellabarger, Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney.

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