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Attorney General's News Release

January 26, 2012

Dade County jury commits sexually violent predator

Jefferson City, Mo. – Associate Circuit Court Judge David Munton has committed Jessie D. Parnell, 40, to the Sex Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Center in Farmington, Missouri, after a Dade County jury found Parnell to be a sexually violent predator.

Attorney General Chris Koster sought to have Parnell committed after he served 13 years in prison for 2nd degree statutory sodomy of a 15-year-old male in Marionville. Parnell previously pled guilty to forcible sodomy of a 14-year-old male in 1990 in Aurora and was initially given a 5-year suspended sentence and 5 years’ probation. The probation was later revoked and his sentence executed.

“We must keep those who demonstrate a likelihood of committing further violent sexual acts off the streets and away from those they could harm,” Koster said. “It is important for individuals who are deemed sexually violent predators to get the help they need while the community is protected.”

Those committed by the court as sexually violent predators go into the custody of the Missouri Department of Mental Health. They have the right to have their cases reviewed annually to determine if their mental abnormality has changed and they are no longer likely to commit further acts of sexual violence if released.

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