October 30, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Judge Roger Prokes of Gentry County has sentenced Kenneth Shumate, 33, of Putnam County near Unionville, to multiple life sentences for statutory sodomy and other sexual offenses against minors. On September 12, Judge Prokes found Shumate guilty of 12 felony counts related to the sexual abuse of two minor boys.
The judge sentenced Shumate on October 25 to a total of three life sentences plus 55 years for 3 counts of statutory sodomy in the 1st degree, 6 counts of statutory sodomy in the 2nd degree, 2 counts of statutory rape in the 2nd degree, and 1 count of sexual exploitation of a child. The judge ordered the sentences to run consecutively.
"Repeated sexual abuse of children commands the strongest punishment allowed by law," Koster said. "The three consecutive life sentences ordered by the Court assure that this defendant will never again be able to victimize a child."
The trial and sentencing took place in Gentry County on a change of venue from Putnam County. Assistant Attorneys General Brent Nelson and Katharine Dolin assisted the Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney, who agreed to serve as Special Prosecuting Attorney at the request of the Putnam County Prosecuting Attorney.